“Burt Young dead 2014” : Actor killed by internet death hoax

Burt Young is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

Hot news

News of actor Burt Young’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the April 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the actor best known for his role in Rocky is alive and well.

UPDATE 20/04/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Burt Young death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Burt Young’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American actor’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (April 18, 2014), our beloved actor Burt Young passed away. Burt Young was born on April 30, 1940 in New York. 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 73-year-old actor, painter and author 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 an actor of Burt Young's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (86%) of respondents think those Burt Young death rumors are not funny anymore.

Burt Young Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Saturday (April 19) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Burt Young 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 actor. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

© 2014 MediaMass All rights reserved. Do not reproduce (even with permission).

Burt Young: Recent News

 

page served in 0.061s (1,3)