“LeBron James dead 2014” : King James killed by internet death hoax

LeBron James is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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

UPDATE 19/12/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

LeBron James death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the basketball player’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. LeBron James’ 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 Wednesday (December 17, 2014), our beloved basketball player LeBron James passed away. LeBron James was born on December 30, 1984 in Akron. 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 29-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 LeBron James' stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (87%) of respondents think those LeBron James death rumors are not funny anymore.

LeBron James Death Hoax Dismissed Since Basketball player Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Thursday (December 18) the basketball player's reps officially confirmed that LeBron James 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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