News of racing driver Alain Prost’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Four-time Formula One world champion is alive and well.
UPDATE 15/05/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Alain Prost death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the racing driver’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Alain Prost’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French racing driver’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (May 13, 2021), our beloved racing driver Alain Prost passed away. Alain Prost was born on February 24, 1955 in Lorette. 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 66-year-old racing driver 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 racing driver of Alain Prost's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (73%) of respondents think those Alain Prost death rumors are not funny anymore.
Alain Prost Death Hoax Dismissed Since Racing driver Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (May 14) the racing driver's reps officially confirmed that Alain Prost 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 racing driver. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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