News of architect I. M. Pei’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 designer of the Louvre Pyramid is alive and well.
UPDATE 17/04/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
I. M. Pei death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the architect’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. I. M. Pei’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American architect’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (April 15, 2014), our beloved architect I. M. Pei passed away. I. M. Pei was born on April 26, 1917 in Guangzhou. 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 96-year-old architect 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 architect of I. M. Pei'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 I. M. Pei death rumors are not funny anymore.
I. M. Pei Death Hoax Dismissed Since Architect Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (April 16) the architect's reps officially confirmed that I. M. Pei 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 architect. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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