News of comedienne Ellen DeGeneres’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the host of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ is alive and well.
UPDATE 18/09/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Ellen DeGeneres death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the comedienne’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Ellen DeGeneres’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American comedienne’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (September 16, 2014), our beloved comedienne Ellen DeGeneres passed away. Ellen DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1958 in Metairie. She 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 56-year-old comedienne, television host and actress 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 comedienne of Ellen DeGeneres' stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (81%) of respondents think those Ellen DeGeneres death rumors are not funny anymore.
Ellen DeGeneres Death Hoax Dismissed Since Comedienne Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (September 17) the comedienne's reps officially confirmed that Ellen DeGeneres is not dead. “She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She'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 comedienne. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
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