“Mikhail Gorbachev dead 2014” : Nobel Peace Prize 1990 killed by internet death hoax

Mikhail Gorbachev is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of politician Mikhail Gorbachev’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, Nobel Peace Prize 1990 is alive and well.

UPDATE 20/08/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Mikhail Gorbachev death hoax spreads on Facebook

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

At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (August 18, 2014), our beloved politician Mikhail Gorbachev passed away. Mikhail Gorbachev was born on March 2, 1931 in Stavropol. 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 83-year-old politician and president 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 Russian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a politician of Mikhail Gorbachev's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (79%) of respondents think those Mikhail Gorbachev death rumors are not funny anymore.

Mikhail Gorbachev Death Hoax Dismissed Since Politician Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Tuesday (August 19) the politician's reps officially confirmed that Mikhail Gorbachev 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 politician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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