“Benicio del Toro dead 2020” : Actor killed by internet death hoax

Benicio del Toro is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of actor Benicio del Toro’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 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 The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy or The Usual Suspects is alive and well.

UPDATE 21/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Benicio del Toro death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Benicio del Toro’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Spanish actor’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (September 19, 2020), our beloved actor Benicio del Toro passed away. Benicio del Toro was born on February 19, 1967 in San Juan. 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 53-year-old actor and producer 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 Spanish network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actor of Benicio del Toro's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (86%) of respondents think those Benicio del Toro death rumors are not funny anymore.

Benicio del Toro Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Sunday (September 20) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Benicio del Toro 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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