“Bernie Taupin dead 2020” : Elton John's lyricist killed by internet death hoax

Bernie Taupin is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of poet Bernie Taupin’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the January 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Elton John's lyricist is alive and well.

UPDATE 29/01/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Bernie Taupin death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the poet’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Bernie Taupin’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the British poet’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (January 27, 2020), our beloved poet Bernie Taupin passed away. Bernie Taupin was born on May 22, 1950 in Sleaford. 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 69-year-old poet and songwriter 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 British network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a poet of Bernie Taupin's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (81%) of respondents think those Bernie Taupin death rumors are not funny anymore.

Bernie Taupin Death Hoax Dismissed Since Poet Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Tuesday (January 28) the poet's reps officially confirmed that Bernie Taupin 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 poet. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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