“Gerard Way dead 2014” : My Chemical Romance frontman killed by internet death hoax

Gerard Way is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of musician Gerard Way’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, My Chemical Romance frontman is alive and well.

UPDATE 17/04/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Gerard Way death hoax spreads on Facebook

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

At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (April 15, 2014), our beloved musician Gerard Way passed away. Gerard Way was born on April 9, 1977 in Newark. 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 37-year-old musician 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 musician of Gerard Way's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (76%) of respondents think those Gerard Way death rumors are not funny anymore.

Gerard Way Death Hoax Dismissed Since Musician Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Wednesday (April 16) the musician's reps officially confirmed that Gerard Way 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 musician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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