“David Ellefson dead 2020” : Megadeth bassist killed by internet death hoax

David Ellefson is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of musician David Ellefson’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the July 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, Megadeth bassist is alive and well.

UPDATE 12/07/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

David Ellefson death hoax spreads on Facebook

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

At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (July 10, 2020), our beloved musician David Ellefson passed away. David Ellefson was born on November 12, 1964 in Jackson. 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 55-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 American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a musician of David Ellefson's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 52% still think false David Ellefson death rumors are funny.

David Ellefson Death Hoax Dismissed Since Musician Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Saturday (July 11) the musician's reps officially confirmed that David Ellefson 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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