News of scientist Stephen Hawking’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 author of A Brief History of Time is alive and well.
UPDATE 21/08/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Stephen Hawking death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the scientist’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Stephen Hawking’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the British scientist’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (August 19, 2014), our beloved scientist Stephen Hawking passed away. Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford. 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 72-year-old scientist 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 British network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a scientist of Stephen Hawking's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (77%) of respondents think those Stephen Hawking death rumors are not funny anymore.
Stephen Hawking Death Hoax Dismissed Since Scientist Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (August 20) the scientist's reps officially confirmed that Stephen Hawking 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 scientist. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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