News of guitarist B.B. King’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the guitarist best known for his hit song The Thrill Is Gone is alive and well.
UPDATE 18/09/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
B.B. King death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the guitarist’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. B.B. King’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American guitarist’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (September 16, 2014), our beloved guitarist B.B. King passed away. B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925 in Itta Bena. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
Hundreds of fans immediately started writing their messages of condolence on the Facebook page, expressing their sadness that the talented 89-year-old guitarist and singer was dead. And as usual, Twittersphere was frenzied over the death hoax.
Where as some trusting fans believed the post, others were immediately skeptical of the report, perhaps learning their lesson from the huge amount of fake death reports emerging about celebrities over recent months. Some pointed out that the news had not been carried on any major American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a guitarist of B.B. King's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (90%) of respondents think those B.B. King death rumors are not funny anymore.
B.B. King Death Hoax Dismissed Since Guitarist Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (September 17) the guitarist's reps officially confirmed that B.B. King is not dead. “He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He's still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said.
Some fans have expressed anger at the fake report saying it was reckless, distressing and hurtful to fans of the much loved guitarist. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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