“Bashar al-Assad dead 2016” : Syrian president killed by internet death hoax

Bashar al-Assad is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of political figure Bashar al-Assad’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2016 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Syrian president is alive and well.

UPDATE 29/05/2016 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Bashar al-Assad death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the political figure’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Bashar al-Assad’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Syrian political figure’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (May 27, 2016), our beloved political figure Bashar al-Assad passed away. Bashar al-Assad was born on September 11, 1965 in Damascus. 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 50-year-old political figure 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 Syrian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a political figure of Bashar al-Assad's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (67%) of respondents think those Bashar al-Assad death rumors are not funny anymore.

Bashar al-Assad Death Hoax Dismissed Since Political figure Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Saturday (May 28) the political figure's reps officially confirmed that Bashar al-Assad 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 political figure. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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