“Billy Graham dead 2014” : Religious figure killed by internet death hoax

Billy Graham is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of religious figure Billy Graham’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 95-year-old religious figure is alive and well.

UPDATE 22/08/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Billy Graham death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the religious figure’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Billy Graham’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American religious figure’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (August 20, 2014), our beloved religious figure Billy Graham passed away. Billy Graham was born on November 7, 1918 in Charlotte. 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 95-year-old religious 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 American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a religious figure of Billy Graham's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (87%) of respondents think those Billy Graham death rumors are not funny anymore.

Billy Graham Death Hoax Dismissed Since Religious figure Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Thursday (August 21) the religious figure's reps officially confirmed that Billy Graham 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 religious figure. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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