News of activist Angela Davis’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 77-year-old activist is alive and well.
UPDATE 12/05/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Angela Davis death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the activist’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Angela Davis’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American activist’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (May 10, 2021), our beloved activist Angela Davis passed away. Angela Davis was born on January 26, 1944 in Birmingham. 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 77-year-old activist 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 American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an activist of Angela Davis' stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 59% still think false Angela Davis death rumors are funny.
Angela Davis Death Hoax Dismissed Since Activist Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Tuesday (May 11) the activist's reps officially confirmed that Angela Davis 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 activist. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
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