“Alain Bernard dead 2020” : French Olympic champion killed by internet death hoax

Alain Bernard is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of athlete Alain Bernard’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the French Olympic champion is alive and well.

UPDATE 25/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Alain Bernard death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the athlete’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Alain Bernard’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French athlete’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (September 23, 2020), our beloved athlete Alain Bernard passed away. Alain Bernard was born on May 1, 1983 in Aubagne. 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 37-year-old athlete 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 an athlete of Alain Bernard's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (80%) of respondents think those Alain Bernard death rumors are not funny anymore.

Alain Bernard Death Hoax Dismissed Since Athlete Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Thursday (September 24) the athlete's reps officially confirmed that Alain Bernard 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 athlete. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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