News of actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the March 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 The Tudors, August Rush, Elvis or Velvet Goldmine is alive and well.
UPDATE 08/03/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Irish actor’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (March 06, 2014), our beloved actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers passed away. Jonathan Rhys Meyers was born on July 27, 1977 in Dublin. 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 36-year-old actor and model 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 Irish network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actor of Jonathan Rhys Meyers' stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (77%) of respondents think those Jonathan Rhys Meyers death rumors are not funny anymore.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (March 07) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Jonathan Rhys Meyers 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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