“Amélie Nothomb dead 2017” : ‘The Prince's Act’ author killed by internet death hoax

Amélie Nothomb is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of author Amélie Nothomb’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the November 2017 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 the Prince's Act, Fear and Trembling and Hygiene and the Assassin is alive and well.

UPDATE 18/11/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Amélie Nothomb death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the author’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Amélie Nothomb’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Belgian author’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (November 16, 2017), our beloved author Amélie Nothomb passed away. Amélie Nothomb was born on August 13, 1967 in Kobe. 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 50-year-old 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 Belgian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an author of Amélie Nothomb's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (74%) of respondents think those Amélie Nothomb death rumors are not funny anymore.

Amélie Nothomb Death Hoax Dismissed Since Author Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Friday (November 17) the author's reps officially confirmed that Amélie Nothomb 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 author. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.

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