News of rapper Ja Rule’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the rapper best known for his hits Wonderful, Mesmerize or Always on Time is alive and well.
UPDATE 21/08/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Ja Rule death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the rapper’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Ja Rule’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American rapper’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (August 19, 2014), our beloved rapper Ja Rule passed away. Ja Rule was born on February 29, 1976 in Queens. 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 38-year-old rapper and singer 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 rapper of Ja Rule's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (73%) of respondents think those Ja Rule death rumors are not funny anymore.
Ja Rule Death Hoax Dismissed Since Rapper Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (August 20) the rapper's reps officially confirmed that Ja Rule 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 rapper. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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