Fake news alert: Paul Badura-Skoda is alive (but unwell)

Fake news alert: Paul Badura-Skoda is alive (but unwell)


norman lebrecht

September 19, 2019

Social media was awash last night with reports of the death of the international Austrian pianist.

All untrue.

His partner Elisabeth has sent out an email that he is still alive, fighting the same condition that has affected him for the past four years. One of our friends has an appointment to speak to him later today.

Badura-Skoda is 91. He gave his most recent recital five months ago.

UPDATE: The false news spread chiefly on US sites and Chinese social media.


  • Gustavo says:

    Elvis is not dead, he just went home.

  • Thank you Norman, to have use the mail that Elizabeth did send to me to say that PBS was still alive (but fighting about the illness).

  • batonbaton says:

    I wish the great Paul and his family nothing but the warmest of wishes and good health