News of television host Benjamin Castaldi’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 host of ‘Loft Story’ is alive and well.
UPDATE 09/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Benjamin Castaldi death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the television host’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Benjamin Castaldi’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French television host’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (August 07, 2020), our beloved television host Benjamin Castaldi passed away. Benjamin Castaldi (son of Jean-Pierre Castaldi and Catherine Allégret) was born on March 28, 1970 in Boulogne-Billancourt. 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 50-year-old television host 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 French network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a television host of Benjamin Castaldi's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (70%) of respondents think those Benjamin Castaldi death rumors are not funny anymore.
Benjamin Castaldi Death Hoax Dismissed Since Television host Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Saturday (August 08) the television host's reps officially confirmed that Benjamin Castaldi 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 television host. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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