News of basketball player Shaquille O'Neal’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the November 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Former NBA legend is alive and well.
UPDATE 23/11/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Shaquille O'Neal death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the basketball player’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Shaquille O'Neal’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American basketball player’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (November 21, 2014), our beloved basketball player Shaquille O'Neal passed away. Shaquille O'Neal was born on March 6, 1972 in Newark. 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 42-year-old basketball player 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 basketball player of Shaquille O'Neal's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (73%) of respondents think those Shaquille O'Neal death rumors are not funny anymore.
Shaquille O'Neal Death Hoax Dismissed Since Basketball player Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Saturday (November 22) the basketball player's reps officially confirmed that Shaquille O'Neal 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 basketball player. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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