News of drummer Travis Barker’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the April 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, Blink-182 drummer is alive and well.
UPDATE 25/04/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Travis Barker death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the drummer’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Travis Barker’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American drummer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (April 23, 2014), our beloved drummer Travis Barker passed away. Travis Barker was born on November 14, 1975 in Fontana. 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 38-year-old drummer and producer 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 drummer of Travis Barker's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (53%) of respondents think those Travis Barker death rumors are not funny anymore.
Travis Barker Death Hoax Dismissed Since Drummer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Thursday (April 24) the drummer's reps officially confirmed that Travis Barker 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 drummer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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