News of philosopher Alain Badiou’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 2022 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 Being and Event is alive and well.
UPDATE 26/09/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Alain Badiou death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the philosopher’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Alain Badiou’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French philosopher’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (September 24, 2022), our beloved philosopher Alain Badiou passed away. Alain Badiou was born on January 17, 1937 in Rabat. 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 85-year-old philosopher and author 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 philosopher of Alain Badiou's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (86%) of respondents think those Alain Badiou death rumors are not funny anymore.
Alain Badiou Death Hoax Dismissed Since Philosopher Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Sunday (September 25) the philosopher's reps officially confirmed that Alain Badiou 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 philosopher. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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