“Tony Bennett dead 2014” : Singer killed by internet death hoax

Tony Bennett is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of singer Tony Bennett’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 his hits I Left My Heart in San Francisco or Blue Velvet is alive and well.

UPDATE 25/07/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Tony Bennett death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Tony Bennett’ 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 Wednesday (July 23, 2014), our beloved singer Tony Bennett passed away. Tony Bennett was born on August 3, 1926 in New York. 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 87-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 Tony Bennett's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (83%) of respondents think those Tony Bennett death rumors are not funny anymore.

Tony Bennett Death Hoax Dismissed Since Singer Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Thursday (July 24) the singer's reps officially confirmed that Tony Bennett 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 singer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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