“Élisabeth Guigou dead 2023” : Former French Minister of Justice killed by internet death hoax
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News of politician Élisabeth Guigou’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the former French Minister of Justice is alive and well.
UPDATE 28/05/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Élisabeth Guigou death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the politician’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Élisabeth Guigou’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French politician’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (May 26, 2023), our beloved politician Élisabeth Guigou passed away. Élisabeth Guigou was born on August 6, 1946 in Marrakech. She 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 76-year-old politician 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 French network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a politician of Élisabeth Guigou's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (74%) of respondents think those Élisabeth Guigou death rumors are not funny anymore.
Élisabeth Guigou Death Hoax Dismissed Since Politician Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Saturday (May 27) the politician's reps officially confirmed that Élisabeth Guigou is not dead. “She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She'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 politician. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
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