“Christian Laettner dead 2021” : Basketball player killed by internet death hoax

Christian Laettner is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of basketball player Christian Laettner’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the January 2021 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 basketball player is alive and well.

UPDATE 24/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Christian Laettner death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the basketball player’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Christian Laettner’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American basketball player’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (January 22, 2021), our beloved basketball player Christian Laettner passed away. Christian Laettner was born on August 17, 1969 in Angola. 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 basketball 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 American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a basketball player of Christian Laettner's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (93%) of respondents think those Christian Laettner death rumors are not funny anymore.

Christian Laettner Death Hoax Dismissed Since Basketball player Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Saturday (January 23) the basketball player's reps officially confirmed that Christian Laettner 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 basketball player. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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