News of musician Anthony Braxton’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the July 2022 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the musician best known for his album For Alto is alive and well.
UPDATE 06/07/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Anthony Braxton death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the musician’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Anthony Braxton’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American musician’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (July 04, 2022), our beloved musician Anthony Braxton passed away. Anthony Braxton was born on June 4, 1945 in Chicago. 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 77-year-old musician 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 a musician of Anthony Braxton's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 70% still think false Anthony Braxton death rumors are funny.
Anthony Braxton Death Hoax Dismissed Since Musician Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Tuesday (July 05) the musician's reps officially confirmed that Anthony Braxton 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 musician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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