News of actor Derek Jacobi’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the June 2019 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the actor best known for his roles in Cinderella, The King's Speech or Gladiator is alive and well.
UPDATE 27/06/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Derek Jacobi death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Derek Jacobi’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the English actor’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (June 25, 2019), our beloved actor Derek Jacobi passed away. Derek Jacobi was born on October 22, 1938 in Leytonstone. 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 80-year-old actor and director 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 English network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actor of Derek Jacobi's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (93%) of respondents think those Derek Jacobi death rumors are not funny anymore.
Derek Jacobi Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (June 26) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Derek Jacobi 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 actor. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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