News of singer Cody Simpson’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the January 2019 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the singer best known for his hit song iYiYi is alive and well.
UPDATE 21/01/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Cody Simpson death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Cody Simpson’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Australian singer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (January 19, 2019), our beloved singer Cody Simpson passed away. Cody Simpson was born on January 11, 1997 in Gold Coast. 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 22-year-old singer and songwriter 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 Australian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a singer of Cody Simpson's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (78%) of respondents think those Cody Simpson death rumors are not funny anymore.
Cody Simpson Death Hoax Dismissed Since Singer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Sunday (January 20) the singer's reps officially confirmed that Cody Simpson 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 singer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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