News of politician Fidel Castro’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 former Cuban president is alive and well.
UPDATE 18/04/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Fidel Castro death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the politician’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Fidel Castro’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Cuban politician’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (April 16, 2014), our beloved politician Fidel Castro passed away. Fidel Castro was born on August 13, 1926 in Birán. 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 87-year-old politician and revolutionary 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 Cuban network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a politician of Fidel Castro'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 Fidel Castro death rumors are not funny anymore.
Fidel Castro Death Hoax Dismissed Since Politician Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Thursday (April 17) the politician's reps officially confirmed that Fidel Castro 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 politician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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