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Is Selena's Killer Dead?

Yolanda Saldivar, selena 1995
AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Tom Fox

Yolanda Saldivar is escorted by a court officer to an afternoon session of her change of venue hearing, Friday afternoon, Aug. 4, 1995, at the Nueces County Courthouse in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Another day, another Internet hoax surrounding Yolanda Saldivar. This time, the infamous killer of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla was presumed dead by many after an article surfaced Aug. 17 on conspiracy site United Media Publishing, claiming she had been “found dead in her cell by deputies during a routine walk through of the Mountain View unit in Gatesville, Texas.”

Shortly after, the reactions started pouring in on social media, with many rejoicing at Saldivar's alleged demise. 

The article further states that “attempts to resuscitate Saldivar proved futile as she appeared to have been dead for several hours before discovery. Cause of death will be announced pending autopsy and toxicology reports.”

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The report was entirely false, however, with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice confirming to San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT 12 that Saldivar is still alive. She continues to serve her life sentence after having been found guilty of first-degree murder in the March 31, 1995 shooting of Quintanilla. She must serve a minimum of 30 years before she is eligible for parole.   

It’s not the first time that United Media Publishing has taken naive readers for a ride. It posted a “breaking news” article in May with a very similar headline, misleadingly claiming that serial killer Charles Manson had been found dead in his prison cell. (He is also still alive.)

In Dec. 2014, another article from hoax site nationalreport.net misled many into believing Saldivar was due to be released early from prison.