“Evander Holyfield dead 2014” : Five-time world heavyweight champion killed by internet death hoax

Evander Holyfield is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of boxer Evander Holyfield’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, the Five-time world heavyweight champion is alive and well.

UPDATE 22/07/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Evander Holyfield death hoax spreads on Facebook

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

At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (July 20, 2014), our beloved boxer Evander Holyfield passed away. Evander Holyfield was born on October 19, 1962 in Atmore. 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 51-year-old boxer 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 boxer of Evander Holyfield's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (68%) of respondents think those Evander Holyfield death rumors are not funny anymore.

Evander Holyfield Death Hoax Dismissed Since Boxer Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Monday (July 21) the boxer's reps officially confirmed that Evander Holyfield 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 boxer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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