News of actor Gene Wilder’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the October 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the actor best known for his roles in Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles or The Producers is alive and well.
UPDATE 25/10/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Gene Wilder death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Gene Wilder’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American actor’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (October 23, 2014), our beloved actor Gene Wilder passed away. Gene Wilder was born on June 11, 1933 in Milwaukee. 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 81-year-old actor, comedian, director, screenwriter and author 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 an actor of Gene Wilder'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 Gene Wilder death rumors are not funny anymore.
Gene Wilder Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (October 24) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Gene Wilder 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 actor. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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