“Harvey Keitel dead 2014” : Actor killed by internet death hoax

Harvey Keitel is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of actor Harvey Keitel’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 actor best known for his roles in Reservoir Dogs, Thelma & Louise, Taxi Driver or Mean Streets is alive and well.

UPDATE 18/04/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Harvey Keitel death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Harvey Keitel’ 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 Wednesday (April 16, 2014), our beloved actor Harvey Keitel passed away. Harvey Keitel was born on May 13, 1939 in New York. 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 74-year-old actor 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 Harvey Keitel's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (92%) of respondents think those Harvey Keitel death rumors are not funny anymore.

Harvey Keitel Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Thursday (April 17) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Harvey Keitel 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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