News of musician David Byrne’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the April 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, Talking Heads frontman is alive and well.
UPDATE 11/04/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
David Byrne death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the musician’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. David Byrne’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Scottish musician’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (April 09, 2021), our beloved musician David Byrne passed away. David Byrne was born on May 14, 1952 in Dumbarton. 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 68-year-old musician 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 Scottish network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a musician of David Byrne's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (83%) of respondents think those David Byrne death rumors are not funny anymore.
David Byrne Death Hoax Dismissed Since Musician Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Saturday (April 10) the musician's reps officially confirmed that David Byrne 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 musician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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