Justin Fletcher, best known the as beloved children’s TV character Mr Tumble, has been at the victim of a cruel death hoax.
The actor is a firm favourite on children’s telly and has become one of the longest-running stars of CBeebies. He’s starred in the likes of smash hit Something Special as well as his own show, Justin’s House.
However, earlier this week, vile trolls made the false claim on social media that he had died using the ‘Mr Tumble Dead’ trend. Fans were quick to share their concerns over his rumoured death – but it’s not true.
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This hasn’t been the first time Justin has been the victim of the cruel joke. Rumours started circulating in 2019 that he had died, and then again in September this year.
In the past, Justin has indirectly debunked rumours of his death. While websites like nairaland.com, deaddeath.com and gumroad.com have routinely falsely reported the fake claims that Justin has died.
Aside from his career playing Mr Tumble, he has also been working behind the scenes as a voice for other TV characters. You might recognise him as Doodle and Jake in Tweenies, Miguel in Finley the Fire Engine, Sleeping Bear and Growling Tiger in CBeebies' Boo!, Shaun the Sheep and Harold from Thomas the Tank Engine.
Using humour and kindness for good, the entertainer has brought laughter and smiles to the faces of little ones. Justin, who hails from Berkshire, was also awarded an MBE in the 2008 Birthday Honours of the late Queen Elizabeth for his services in children's broadcasting.
What's more, Justin has a unique affinity with kids who have disabilities and special needs. His popular character for his Something Special show uses the Makaton signing system to help children communicate while it features youngsters from special schools, some profoundly disabled.
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Many might not realise his admirable endeavours are a lucrative business. A self-confessed workaholic, Justin's loveable characters have raked in millions. His Something Special DVD alone brought in £1 million after more than 100,000 copies were sold and his magazine amounts to about £180,000 a month.
His work has also caught the attention of smitten mums. Speaking to The Mirror in 2012, he admitted that he has endured some marriage proposals – and the reason he hasn't gotten married.
“Er, yes, I have had emails," he said. "I’m not married, live alone and have been single for a while now because I've been a workaholic filming Something Special, Justin’s House and Gigglebiz."
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