News of model Pattie Boyd’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 George Harrison's ex-wife is alive and well.
UPDATE 12/03/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Pattie Boyd death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the model’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Pattie Boyd’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the English model’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (March 10, 2014), our beloved model Pattie Boyd passed away. Pattie Boyd was born on March 17, 1944 in Taunton. 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 69-year-old model, photographer and author 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 a model of Pattie Boyd's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (87%) of respondents think those Pattie Boyd death rumors are not funny anymore.
Pattie Boyd Death Hoax Dismissed Since Model Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Tuesday (March 11) the model's reps officially confirmed that Pattie Boyd 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 model. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
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