“Ang Lee dead 2023” : Director killed by internet death hoax
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News of director Ang Lee’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the director best known for Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is alive and well.
UPDATE 28/05/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Ang Lee death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the director’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Ang Lee’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Taiwanese director’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (May 26, 2023), our beloved director Ang Lee passed away. Ang Lee was born on October 23, 1954 in Chaochou. 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 68-year-old director 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 Taiwanese network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a director of Ang Lee's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (78%) of respondents think those Ang Lee death rumors are not funny anymore.
Ang Lee Death Hoax Dismissed Since Director Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Saturday (May 27) the director's reps officially confirmed that Ang Lee 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 director. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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