“Claude Zidi dead 2020” : Director killed by internet death hoax

Claude Zidi is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of director Claude Zidi’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the director best known for Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar, My New Partner or The Under-Gifted is alive and well.

UPDATE 10/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Claude Zidi death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the director’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Claude Zidi’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French director’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (August 08, 2020), our beloved director Claude Zidi passed away. Claude Zidi was born on July 25, 1934 in Paris. 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 86-year-old director and screenwriter 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 director of Claude Zidi's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (87%) of respondents think those Claude Zidi death rumors are not funny anymore.

Claude Zidi Death Hoax Dismissed Since Director Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Sunday (August 09) the director's reps officially confirmed that Claude Zidi 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 director. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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