“Keith Richards dead 2014” : Rolling Stones guitarist killed by internet death hoax

Keith Richards is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of guitarist Keith Richards’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the October 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, Rolling Stones guitarist is alive and well.

UPDATE 20/10/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Keith Richards death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the guitarist’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Keith Richards’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the British guitarist’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (October 18, 2014), our beloved guitarist Keith Richards passed away. Keith Richards was born on December 18, 1943 in Dartford. 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 70-year-old guitarist 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 British network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a guitarist of Keith Richards' stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (90%) of respondents think those Keith Richards death rumors are not funny anymore.

Keith Richards Death Hoax Dismissed Since Guitarist Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Sunday (October 19) the guitarist's reps officially confirmed that Keith Richards 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 guitarist. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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