“Chuck Berry dead 2016” : Guitarist killed by internet death hoax

Chuck Berry is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of guitarist Chuck Berry’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 guitarist best known for hit songs like Johnny B. Goode, Rock and Roll Music or Roll Over Beethoven is alive and well.

UPDATE 01/06/2016 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Chuck Berry death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the guitarist’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Chuck Berry’ 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 Monday (May 30, 2016), our beloved guitarist Chuck Berry passed away. Chuck Berry was born on October 18, 1926 in Saint Louis. 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 Chuck Berry'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 Chuck Berry death rumors are not funny anymore.

Chuck Berry Death Hoax Dismissed Since Guitarist Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Tuesday (May 31) the guitarist's reps officially confirmed that Chuck Berry 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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