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Lois Griffin Dead at 43 refers to an ironic death hoax claiming that Lois Griffin from Family Guy died at the age of 43. The hoax and its memes were popularized on Twitter in late December 2022 as users reacted to the fake news of the fictional character's death.
On December 24th, 2022, Twitter user @jamieleecuntis posted, "Lois Griffin dead at 43 NONONONO," garnering over 1,000 likes and 90 retweets in three days (shown below). This is the earliest known tweet using the exact phrase.
The meme spread over the following days as users shared the fictional news and reacted in fake shock to it, causing "Lois Griffin dead" to trend on the site. For example, on December 25th, 2022, Twitter user @minasdemon posted "Lois Griffin DEAD AT 43" with a GIF expressing horrified shock, garnering over 111,000 likes and 9 million video views in two days (shown below).
Lois Griffin DEAD AT 43 pic.twitter.com/uhmTyeKrTl
— Patty LaCerva 💌𓆦 (@minasdemon) December 25, 2022
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