News of basketball player David Robinson’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 55-year-old basketball player is alive and well.
UPDATE 24/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
David Robinson death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the basketball player’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. David Robinson’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American basketball player’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (September 22, 2020), our beloved basketball player David Robinson passed away. David Robinson was born on August 6, 1965 in Key West. 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 basketball 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 basketball player of David Robinson'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 David Robinson death rumors are not funny anymore.
David Robinson Death Hoax Dismissed Since Basketball player Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (September 23) the basketball player's reps officially confirmed that David Robinson 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 basketball player. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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