News of comedienne Chantal Lauby’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 comedienne best known for her roles in Serial (Bad) Weddings or The City of Fear is alive and well.
UPDATE 26/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Chantal Lauby death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the comedienne’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Chantal Lauby’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French comedienne’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (September 24, 2020), our beloved comedienne Chantal Lauby passed away. Chantal Lauby was born on March 23, 1957 in Gap. She 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 63-year-old comedienne 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 comedienne of Chantal Lauby's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (68%) of respondents think those Chantal Lauby death rumors are not funny anymore.
Chantal Lauby Death Hoax Dismissed Since Comedienne Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (September 25) the comedienne's reps officially confirmed that Chantal Lauby is not dead. “She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She'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 comedienne. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
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