“António Guterres dead 2020” : Secretary-General of the United Nations killed by internet death hoax

António Guterres is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of politician António Guterres’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the January 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Secretary-General of the United Nations is alive and well.

UPDATE 23/01/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

António Guterres death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the politician’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. António Guterres’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Portuguese politician’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (January 21, 2020), our beloved politician António Guterres passed away. António Guterres was born on April 30, 1949 in Lisbon. 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 70-year-old politician 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 Portuguese network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a politician of António Guterres' stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (61%) of respondents think those António Guterres death rumors are not funny anymore.

António Guterres Death Hoax Dismissed Since Politician Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Wednesday (January 22) the politician's reps officially confirmed that António Guterres 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 politician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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