“Mel Gibson dead 2015” : Actor killed by internet death hoax

Mel Gibson is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of actor Mel Gibson’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the March 2015 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 roles in Braveheart, Lethal Weapon or Mad Max is alive and well.

UPDATE 01/04/2015 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Mel Gibson death hoax spreads on Facebook

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

At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (March 30, 2015), our beloved actor Mel Gibson passed away. Mel Gibson was born on January 3, 1956 in Peekskill. 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 59-year-old actor, director, screenwriter and producer 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 an actor of Mel Gibson's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (71%) of respondents think those Mel Gibson death rumors are not funny anymore.

Mel Gibson Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Tuesday (March 31) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Mel Gibson 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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