“Barkhad Abdi dead 2020” : Actor killed by internet death hoax

Barkhad Abdi is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of actor Barkhad Abdi’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 actor best known for his roles in Blade Runner 2049 or Captain Phillips is alive and well.

UPDATE 06/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Barkhad Abdi death hoax spreads on Facebook

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

At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (August 04, 2020), our beloved actor Barkhad Abdi passed away. Barkhad Abdi was born on April 10, 1985 in Mogadishu. 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 35-year-old actor and director 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 Somalian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actor of Barkhad Abdi's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 76% still think false Barkhad Abdi death rumors are funny.

Barkhad Abdi Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Wednesday (August 05) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Barkhad Abdi 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 actor. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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