“Anatoly Karpov dead 2020” : Former World Chess Champion killed by internet death hoax

Anatoly Karpov is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the July 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the former World Chess Champion is alive and well.

UPDATE 10/07/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Anatoly Karpov death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the chess grandmaster’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Anatoly Karpov’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Russian chess grandmaster’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (July 08, 2020), our beloved chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov passed away. Anatoly Karpov was born on May 23, 1951 in Zlatoust. 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 69-year-old chess grandmaster 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 Russian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a chess grandmaster of Anatoly Karpov's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (81%) of respondents think those Anatoly Karpov death rumors are not funny anymore.

Anatoly Karpov Death Hoax Dismissed Since Chess grandmaster Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Thursday (July 09) the chess grandmaster's reps officially confirmed that Anatoly Karpov 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 chess grandmaster. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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