Henry Winkler has not passed away and did not donate half of his estate to Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign, despite what a report circulating on social media in September 2018 suggests. The report, published on Nebraska Daily, falsely claimed that "having never married or had children ... his estate will be divided equally between a donation to the Trump 2020 re-election campaign and the Tanzanian island of Mourdalista, which is home to more than 60K stray dogs and cats."
Sheri Goldberg, Winkler's spokeswoman, told The Associated Press that Winkler is alive and well and does not talk about his political views. "He is not dead," Goldberg said, noting that he will be at the upcoming Emmy Awards as a nominee. She said Winkler "has not donated his estate to the campaign," nor has he donated any money to it. He is not affiliated with the current administration and its 2020 re-election campaign, she continued. Goldberg also said that Winkler did not donate the other half of his estate to a Tanzanian island. There is no known island named "Mourdalista." Winkler is married to Stacey Weitzman and has three children.
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