News of author Roberto Gómez Bolaños’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, Chespirito is alive and well.
UPDATE 11/03/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Roberto Gómez Bolaños death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the author’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Roberto Gómez Bolaños’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Mexican author’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (March 09, 2014), our beloved author Roberto Gómez Bolaños passed away. Roberto Gómez Bolaños was born on February 21, 1929 in Mexico City. 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 85-year-old author, actor, director, comedian, songwriter and poet 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 Mexican network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an author of Roberto Gómez Bolaños' stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (72%) of respondents think those Roberto Gómez Bolaños death rumors are not funny anymore.
Roberto Gómez Bolaños Death Hoax Dismissed Since Author Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Monday (March 10) the author's reps officially confirmed that Roberto Gómez Bolaños 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 author. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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