“Atal Bihari Vajpayee dead 2020” : Former Indian Prime Minister killed by internet death hoax

Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of political figure Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 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 Indian Prime Minister is alive and well.

UPDATE 12/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Atal Bihari Vajpayee death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the political figure’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Atal Bihari Vajpayee’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Indian political figure’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (August 10, 2020), our beloved political figure Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born on December 25, 1924 in Gwalior. 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 95-year-old political figure 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 Indian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a political figure of Atal Bihari Vajpayee's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (75%) of respondents think those Atal Bihari Vajpayee death rumors are not funny anymore.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Death Hoax Dismissed Since Political figure Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Tuesday (August 11) the political figure's reps officially confirmed that Atal Bihari Vajpayee 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 political figure. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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