News of economist Ben Bernanke’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the November 2019 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Federal Reserve Chairman is alive and well.
UPDATE 17/11/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Ben Bernanke death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the economist’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Ben Bernanke’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American economist’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (November 15, 2019), our beloved economist Ben Bernanke passed away. Ben Bernanke was born on December 13, 1953 in Augusta. 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 65-year-old economist 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 an economist of Ben Bernanke's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (94%) of respondents think those Ben Bernanke death rumors are not funny anymore.
Ben Bernanke Death Hoax Dismissed Since Economist Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Saturday (November 16) the economist's reps officially confirmed that Ben Bernanke 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 economist. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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