News of politician Nancy Reagan’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the March 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the former First lady is alive and well.
UPDATE 10/03/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Nancy Reagan death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the politician’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Nancy Reagan’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American politician’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (March 08, 2014), our beloved politician Nancy Reagan passed away. Nancy Reagan was born on July 6, 1921 in New York. 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 92-year-old politician 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 politician of Nancy Reagan's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (69%) of respondents think those Nancy Reagan death rumors are not funny anymore.
Nancy Reagan Death Hoax Dismissed Since Politician Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Sunday (March 09) the politician's reps officially confirmed that Nancy Reagan 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 politician. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
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