News of tennis player Cédric Pioline’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the November 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 51-year-old tennis player is alive and well.
UPDATE 28/11/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Cédric Pioline death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the tennis player’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Cédric Pioline’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French tennis player’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (November 26, 2020), our beloved tennis player Cédric Pioline passed away. Cédric Pioline was born on June 15, 1969 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. 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 51-year-old tennis player 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 tennis player of Cédric Pioline'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 Cédric Pioline death rumors are not funny anymore.
Cédric Pioline Death Hoax Dismissed Since Tennis player Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (November 27) the tennis player's reps officially confirmed that Cédric Pioline 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 tennis player. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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