Johnny Depp’s health was the subject of several inaccurate tabloid stories in 2018. This year’s top wrong rumor about the actor came when a tabloid alleged he was facing a “deadly liver crisis.” Gossip Cop debunked the claim when it first emerged, and it remains untrue.
In August, the Globe made up a story about Depp being on the verge of death, but the outlet had very little evidence to back up its sensational story. The magazine insisted the actor was suffering from liver failure that would put him in “an early grave at age 55,” but the diagnosis didn’t come from a doctor who’s ever treated Depp. Instead, the tabloid came to its conclusion based on the opinion of a medical institution that “uses a computer program to detect medical ills from a person’s voice.”
After listening to two interviews with Depp, an employee from the institution told the magazine that the actor’s “liver is stressed” and he likely has “microscopic holes” in his intestines. As we noted at the time, medical doctors normally test liver function with various physical examinations. Voice analysis is not a common practice when it comes to diagnosing liver diseases. The magazine’s sources never treated Depp, but decided his liver was failing after listening to audio of the actor from random interviews.
The magazine seemingly wrote its ridiculous story after photos emerged in June of Depp looking thinner than usual while signing autographs for fans in Europe. Some fans on social media expressed concern about the actor’s well-being, but many celebrity news outlets confirmed that he was perfectly fine. People magazine, for example, noted that Depp was feeling “happy and healthy” while touring with his band, The Hollywood Vampires. “Entertainment Tonight” similarly confirmed that Depp is healthy. And E! News reported there’s “no reason to be concerned” for Depp.
When the Globe falsely alleged in August that Depp was dying of a liver disease, Gossip Cop checked in with a source close to the actor, who assured us the claim was nonsense. As time has shown, the movie star remains in good health. After spending the summer touring around the world with his band, the actor went on to travel the globe promoting his new movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Earlier this month, Depp wrapped filming his latest movie, Waiting for the Barbarians, and the actor has several other projects in development. Simply put, he’s doing just fine. Unfortunately, the tabloids just have a morbid habit of trying to kill off celebrities. The Globe’s baseless story about Depp dying of a liver crisis marks this year’s top wrong rumor about the star.