News of producer Berry Gordy’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the February 2018 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, Motown's founder is alive and well.
UPDATE 19/02/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Berry Gordy death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the producer’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Berry Gordy’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American producer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (February 17, 2018), our beloved producer Berry Gordy passed away. Berry Gordy was born on November 28, 1929 in Detroit. 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 88-year-old producer and musician 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 a producer of Berry Gordy's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (91%) of respondents think those Berry Gordy death rumors are not funny anymore.
Berry Gordy Death Hoax Dismissed Since Producer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Sunday (February 18) the producer's reps officially confirmed that Berry Gordy 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 producer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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