“Prince dead 2016” : Musician killed by internet death hoax

Prince is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of musician Prince’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the February 2016 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the musician best known for the soundtracks to Batman, and best known for hit songs like Kiss or Purple Rain is alive and well.

UPDATE 12/02/2016 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Prince death hoax spreads on Facebook

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

At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (February 10, 2016), our beloved musician Prince passed away. Prince was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis. 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 57-year-old musician, composer, singer and guitarist 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 musician of Prince's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (84%) of respondents think those Prince death rumors are not funny anymore.

Prince Death Hoax Dismissed Since Musician Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Thursday (February 11) the musician's reps officially confirmed that Prince 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 musician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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