“Laura Flessel dead 2017” : Two-time Olympic fencing champion killed by internet death hoax

Laura Flessel is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of athlete Laura Flessel’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the October 2017 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Two-time Olympic fencing champion is alive and well.

UPDATE 18/10/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Laura Flessel death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the athlete’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Laura Flessel’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French athlete’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (October 16, 2017), our beloved athlete Laura Flessel passed away. Laura Flessel was born on November 6, 1971 in Pointe-à-Pitre. She 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 45-year-old athlete 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 French network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an athlete of Laura Flessel's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (93%) of respondents think those Laura Flessel death rumors are not funny anymore.

Laura Flessel Death Hoax Dismissed Since Athlete Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Tuesday (October 17) the athlete's reps officially confirmed that Laura Flessel is not dead. “She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She'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 athlete. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.

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