“Miranda Richardson dead 2014” : Actress killed by internet death hoax

Miranda Richardson is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of actress Miranda Richardson’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, the actress best known for her role in The Young Victoria is alive and well.

UPDATE 25/07/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Miranda Richardson death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the actress’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Miranda Richardson’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the English actress’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (July 23, 2014), our beloved actress Miranda Richardson passed away. Miranda Richardson was born on March 3, 1958 in Southport. She 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 56-year-old actress 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 English network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actress of Miranda Richardson's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (72%) of respondents think those Miranda Richardson death rumors are not funny anymore.

Miranda Richardson Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actress Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Thursday (July 24) the actress' reps officially confirmed that Miranda Richardson is not dead. “She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She'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 actress. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.

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