News of actor LeVar Burton’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the April 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 role on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation is alive and well.
UPDATE 21/04/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
LeVar Burton death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. LeVar Burton’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French actor’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (April 19, 2014), our beloved actor LeVar Burton passed away. LeVar Burton was born on February 16, 1957 in Landstuhl. 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 57-year-old actor, television host, director and author 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 actor of LeVar Burton's 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 LeVar Burton death rumors are not funny anymore.
LeVar Burton Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Sunday (April 20) the actor's reps officially confirmed that LeVar Burton 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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