“Lionel Richie dead 2014” : Singer killed by internet death hoax

Lionel Richie is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of singer Lionel Richie’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the singer best known for his hits Endless Love, Three Times a Lady or Easy is alive and well.

UPDATE 29/08/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Lionel Richie death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Lionel Richie’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American singer’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (August 27, 2014), our beloved singer Lionel Richie passed away. Lionel Richie was born on June 20, 1949 in Tuskegee. 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 65-year-old 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 American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a singer of Lionel Richie's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (72%) of respondents think those Lionel Richie death rumors are not funny anymore.

Lionel Richie Death Hoax Dismissed Since Singer Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Thursday (August 28) the singer's reps officially confirmed that Lionel Richie 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 singer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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