News of journalist Stéphane Bern’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 50-year-old journalist is alive and well.
UPDATE 31/07/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Stéphane Bern death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the journalist’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Stéphane Bern’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French journalist’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (July 29, 2014), our beloved journalist Stéphane Bern passed away. Stéphane Bern was born on November 14, 1963 in Lyon. 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 50-year-old journalist and television host 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 French network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a journalist of Stéphane Bern'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 Stéphane Bern death rumors are not funny anymore.
Stéphane Bern Death Hoax Dismissed Since Journalist Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (July 30) the journalist's reps officially confirmed that Stéphane Bern 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 journalist. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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