News of political figure Robert Mugabe’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Zimbabwean president is alive and well.
UPDATE 02/09/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Robert Mugabe death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the political figure’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Robert Mugabe’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Zimbabwean political figure’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (August 31, 2014), our beloved political figure Robert Mugabe passed away. Robert Mugabe was born on February 21, 1924 in Kutama. 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 90-year-old political figure 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 Zimbabwean network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a political figure of Robert Mugabe's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (81%) of respondents think those Robert Mugabe death rumors are not funny anymore.
Robert Mugabe Death Hoax Dismissed Since Political figure Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Monday (September 01) the political figure's reps officially confirmed that Robert Mugabe 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 political figure. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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