“David Ortiz dead 2020” : Baseball player killed by internet death hoax

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

News of baseball player David Ortiz’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 44-year-old baseball player is alive and well.

UPDATE 12/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

David Ortiz death hoax spreads on Facebook

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

At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (August 10, 2020), our beloved baseball player David Ortiz passed away. David Ortiz was born on November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo. 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 44-year-old baseball 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 baseball player of David Ortiz's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 54% still think false David Ortiz death rumors are funny.

David Ortiz Death Hoax Dismissed Since Baseball player Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Tuesday (August 11) the baseball player's reps officially confirmed that David Ortiz 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 baseball player. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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