“Mary Stewart dead 2014” : ‘The Merlin Trilogy’ author killed by internet death hoax

Mary Stewart is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of author Mary Stewart’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the author of the Merlin Trilogy is alive and well.

UPDATE 24/09/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Mary Stewart death hoax spreads on Facebook

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

At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (September 22, 2014), our beloved author Mary Stewart passed away. Mary Stewart was born on September 12, 1916 in Sunderland. 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 98-year-old 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 British network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an author of Mary Stewart's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (74%) of respondents think those Mary Stewart death rumors are not funny anymore.

Mary Stewart Death Hoax Dismissed Since Author Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Tuesday (September 23) the author's reps officially confirmed that Mary Stewart 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 author. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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