News of singer Roberta Flack’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the July 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the singer best known for her hits Tonight, I Celebrate My Love, The Closer I Get to You or Killing Me Softly with His Song is alive and well.
UPDATE 02/08/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Roberta Flack death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Roberta Flack’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American singer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (July 31, 2014), our beloved singer Roberta Flack passed away. Roberta Flack was born on February 10, 1937 in Asheville. 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 77-year-old singer 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 singer of Roberta Flack's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (85%) of respondents think those Roberta Flack death rumors are not funny anymore.
Roberta Flack Death Hoax Dismissed Since Singer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (August 01) the singer's reps officially confirmed that Roberta Flack 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 singer. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
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