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Chomksy pictured in 2014. Alamy Stock Photo

'He is well': Noam Chomsky's wife says reports of his death are 'false'

Valeria Wasserman made the statement after reports of her husband’s death circulated on social media yesterday.

AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL, LINGUIST and activist Noam Chomsky was discharged from a hospital in Sao Paolo Tuesday, the facility said, and would continue an undisclosed treatment at home.

The report came as the 95-year-old’s wife, Valeria Wasserman, dismissed media reports that Chomsky had died, saying in an email to AFP: “It’s false. He is well.”

Wasserman made the statement after reports of her husband’s death circulated on social media yesterday.

The newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo reported that Chomsky was recently taken to a hospital in the city after a stroke a year ago left him with difficulty to speak and move the right side of his body.

Both Jacobin and The New Statesman published obituaries for Chomsky, though the former has since 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 & Behavioural Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Chomsky first became known in the 1950s with the revolutionary theory that the ability to form structured language was innate.

He became an outspoken activist on an array of issues from US intervention in Vietnam to labour rights and the environment.

With reporting from Press Association