Noam Chomsky’s wife denies reports of his death in wake of stroke

FILE - In this file photo from October 20, 2012, Noam Chomsky stands during a press conference to support the Gaza-bound flotilla in the port of Gaza City. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)
FILE - In this file photo from October 20, 2012, Noam Chomsky stands during a press conference to support the Gaza-bound flotilla in the port of Gaza City. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)

NEW YORK— Noam Chomsky’s wife, Valeria Wasserman Chomsky, says reports that the famed linguist and activist had died are untrue.

“No, it is false,” she writes in response to an emailed query from The Associated Press. Noam Chomsky, 95, has been hospitalized in Brazil while recovering from a stroke suffered a year ago, Valeria Chomsky told the AP last week.

On Tuesday, Chomsky was trending on X as false reports of his death abounded. Jacobin and The New Statesman published obituaries for Chomsky, though the former changed its headline from “We remember Noam Chomsky” to “Let’s Celebrate Noam Chomsky.” The New Statesman took its essay by former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis down altogether.

The Chomskys have had a residence in Brazil since 2015. Noam Chomsky, known to millions for his criticisms of US foreign policy, taught for decades at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2017, he joined the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

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