In a classic switch-up of names, reports emerged that popular radio show host Tom Joyner had passed away but the death rumors were cleared up after a fact check. The 73-year-old influential media personality and philanthropist is alive and well. However, another Tom Joyner who worked in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws had died and this resulted in confusion.
The retired Morning Show host’s fans let out a sigh of relief as they learned that ‘their’ Tom Joyner was doing alright. However, they expressed their condolences for the film industry personality of the same name. Members of the Black American community in particular were taken aback by reports of Tom Joyner’s death as the man holds a special influence.
How did death rumors start for radio’s Tom Joyner?
Usually, celebrity death hoaxes originate from obscure news sources. However, in the case of Tom Joyner, rumors of his death began to circulate after major news outlets like Deadline reported it. Despite being clear enough, the headlines misled people into believing that the popular radio show host had passed away.
However, after going through the news in detail and a thorough fact check across other sources, the rumor was clarified. The person who had actually died was an actor and a prominent assistant director of the same name. Social media users had to differentiate between the two media figures as the white Tom Joyner and the black Tom Joyner.
The other Tom Joyner from the film industry who died
The late Tom Joyner might be less popular than the living one but the man did make a name for himself in the film industry. He had worked as an assistant director in films like Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and Clint Eastwood’s Bronco Billy.
Tom Joyner Dies: ‘Jaws’ First AD & Frank Capra Award Winner Was 79 https://t.co/povDeSMEKQ
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) March 14, 2023
He had also worked in various production capacities in some major film studios like Walt Disney Pictures and Warner Bros. Tom Joyner is a recipient of the DGA’s Frank Capra Award for his career and services in the film industry.
He was 79 at the time of his death after a long battle with cancer and heart disease, according to Tom Joyner’s family.
Life and career of the radio host Tom Joyner
Synonymous with The Tom Joyner Morning Show on ABC Radio since 1994, the popular host focused on a lot of social issues such as education, justice, philanthropy and Black entrepreneurship.
Tom Joyner’s impact on the world of radio broadcasting and the African American community cannot be overstated. During his career, Tom had been a trailblazer who paved the way for future generations of radio personalities and entrepreneurs.
Social media reactions from Black community
Surprisingly, Tom Joyner’s Wikipedia results on Google still falsely claim that the veteran radio show host is dead, at the time of writing this article. This has led to even more confusion among the Black community on Twitter and other social media platforms.
I thought I was going to have to console my parents for a second. This is not the Tom Joyner I grew up listening to https://t.co/g0Z4L9wCDC
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 14, 2023
RIP to this man but delete this and repost it with "The white Tom Joyner dies". Thought my momma was about to call me crying https://t.co/NVSU3rTqYw
— 🦦✨America Is Musty✨🦦 (@DragonflyJonez) March 14, 2023
I found out there was another Tom Joyner in the worst way possible https://t.co/8VvSmBs6hg
— Charles J. Moore (@charles270) March 14, 2023
If nothing else OUR Tom Joyner bout to have a day where everyone praises how important he is to the culture and he’ll get his flowers while he’s still alive to see us love on him!
— Kristy Yamacoochie (@brownandbella) March 14, 2023
RIP to our Tom Joyner brother from another mother. May your family find comfort and peace during this difficult time.🙏🏽
— Sharon (@iamsharonyvette) March 14, 2023
I think somebody still need to go check on our Tom Joyner!! We need to know he is still ok!!
— Natalie McClain (@MrsMcClain2u) March 15, 2023
While we mourn the death of the former AD of the same name who passed away, we are also relieved that The Tom Joyner Morning Show is alive and doing well at the age of 73.
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