“Larry Bird dead 2014” : Basketball player killed by internet death hoax

Larry Bird is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of basketball player Larry Bird’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the November 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 48-year-old basketball player is alive and well.

UPDATE 26/11/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Larry Bird death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the basketball player’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Larry Bird’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American basketball player’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (November 24, 2014), our beloved basketball player Larry Bird passed away. Larry Bird was born on December 7, 1965 in West Baden Springs. 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 48-year-old basketball player 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 basketball player of Larry Bird'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 Larry Bird death rumors are not funny anymore.

Larry Bird Death Hoax Dismissed Since Basketball player Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Tuesday (November 25) the basketball player's reps officially confirmed that Larry Bird 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 basketball player. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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