“Valerie Harper dead 2014” : Actress killed by internet death hoax

Valerie Harper is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of actress Valerie Harper’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 actress best known for her role in The Mary Tyler Moore Show is alive and well.

UPDATE 24/07/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Valerie Harper death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the actress’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Valerie Harper’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American actress’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (July 22, 2014), our beloved actress Valerie Harper passed away. Valerie Harper was born on August 22, 1939 in Suffern. She 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 74-year-old actress 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 an actress of Valerie Harper's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (68%) of respondents think those Valerie Harper death rumors are not funny anymore.

Valerie Harper Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actress Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Wednesday (July 23) the actress' reps officially confirmed that Valerie Harper is not dead. “She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She'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 actress. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.

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