“Muhammad Ali dead 2016” : The Greatest killed by internet death hoax

Muhammad Ali is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of boxer Muhammad Ali’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2016 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, The Greatest is alive and well.

UPDATE 27/05/2016 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Muhammad Ali death hoax spreads on Facebook

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

At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (May 25, 2016), our beloved boxer Muhammad Ali passed away. Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville. 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 74-year-old boxer 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 a boxer of Muhammad Ali's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (93%) of respondents think those Muhammad Ali death rumors are not funny anymore.

Muhammad Ali Death Hoax Dismissed Since Boxer Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Thursday (May 26) the boxer's reps officially confirmed that Muhammad Ali 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 boxer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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