“Malcolm Young dead 2014” : AC/DC guitarist killed by internet death hoax

Malcolm Young is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of guitarist Malcolm Young’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the July 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, AC/DC guitarist is alive and well.

UPDATE 22/07/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Malcolm Young death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the guitarist’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Malcolm Young’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Australian guitarist’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (July 20, 2014), our beloved guitarist Malcolm Young passed away. Malcolm Young was born on January 6, 1953 in Glasgow. 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 61-year-old guitarist 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 Australian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a guitarist of Malcolm Young's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (70%) of respondents think those Malcolm Young death rumors are not funny anymore.

Malcolm Young Death Hoax Dismissed Since Guitarist Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Monday (July 21) the guitarist's reps officially confirmed that Malcolm Young 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 guitarist. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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