News of pianist Fats Domino’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 pianist best known for his hits Blueberry Hill or Ain't That a Shame is alive and well.
UPDATE 21/09/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Fats Domino death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the pianist’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Fats Domino’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American pianist’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (September 19, 2014), our beloved pianist Fats Domino passed away. Fats Domino was born on February 26, 1928 in New Orleans. 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 86-year-old pianist 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 pianist of Fats Domino's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (78%) of respondents think those Fats Domino death rumors are not funny anymore.
Fats Domino Death Hoax Dismissed Since Pianist Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Saturday (September 20) the pianist's reps officially confirmed that Fats Domino 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 pianist. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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