News of drummer Bill Ward’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the July 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, Black Sabbath drummer is alive and well.
UPDATE 28/07/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Bill Ward death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the drummer’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Bill Ward’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the British drummer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (July 26, 2014), our beloved drummer Bill Ward passed away. Bill Ward was born on May 5, 1948 in Birmingham. 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 66-year-old drummer and musician 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 British network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a drummer of Bill Ward's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (88%) of respondents think those Bill Ward death rumors are not funny anymore.
Bill Ward Death Hoax Dismissed Since Drummer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Sunday (July 27) the drummer's reps officially confirmed that Bill Ward 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 drummer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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