“Michael Phelps dead 2017” : Olympic champion killed by internet death hoax

Michael Phelps is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of athlete Michael Phelps’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the April 2017 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Olympic champion is alive and well.

UPDATE 27/04/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Michael Phelps death hoax spreads on Facebook

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

At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (April 25, 2017), our beloved athlete Michael Phelps passed away. Michael Phelps was born on June 30, 1985 in Baltimore. 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 31-year-old athlete 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 athlete of Michael Phelps' 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 Michael Phelps death rumors are not funny anymore.

Michael Phelps Death Hoax Dismissed Since Athlete Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Wednesday (April 26) the athlete's reps officially confirmed that Michael Phelps 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 athlete. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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