News of politician Barbara Bush’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the January 2018 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the former First lady is alive and well.
UPDATE 18/01/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Barbara Bush death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the politician’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Barbara Bush’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American politician’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (January 16, 2018), our beloved politician Barbara Bush passed away. Barbara Bush was born on June 8, 1925 in Flushing. 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 92-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 American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a politician of Barbara Bush's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (72%) of respondents think those Barbara Bush death rumors are not funny anymore.
Barbara Bush Death Hoax Dismissed Since Politician Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (January 17) the politician's reps officially confirmed that Barbara Bush 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 politician. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
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