“Richie Sambora dead 2014” : Bon Jovi guitarist killed by internet death hoax

Richie Sambora is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of guitarist Richie Sambora’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the April 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, Bon Jovi guitarist is alive and well.

UPDATE 20/04/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Richie Sambora death hoax spreads on Facebook

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

At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (April 18, 2014), our beloved guitarist Richie Sambora passed away. Richie Sambora was born on July 11, 1959 in Perth Amboy. 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 54-year-old 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 guitarist of Richie Sambora's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (80%) of respondents think those Richie Sambora death rumors are not funny anymore.

Richie Sambora Death Hoax Dismissed Since Guitarist Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Saturday (April 19) the guitarist's reps officially confirmed that Richie Sambora 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 guitarist. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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