News of lawyer David Otunga’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the December 2017 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 37-year-old lawyer is alive and well.
UPDATE 16/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
David Otunga death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the lawyer’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. David Otunga’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American lawyer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (December 14, 2017), our beloved lawyer David Otunga passed away. David Otunga was born on April 7, 1980 in Elgin. 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 37-year-old lawyer, actor and athlete 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 lawyer of David Otunga's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (92%) of respondents think those David Otunga death rumors are not funny anymore.
David Otunga Death Hoax Dismissed Since Lawyer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (December 15) the lawyer's reps officially confirmed that David Otunga 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 lawyer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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