News of politician Emmerson Mnangagwa’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the October 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Zimbabwean president is alive and well.
UPDATE 22/10/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Emmerson Mnangagwa death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the politician’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Emmerson Mnangagwa’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Zimbabwean politician’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (October 20, 2021), our beloved politician Emmerson Mnangagwa passed away. Emmerson Mnangagwa was born on September 15, 1942 in Shabani. 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 79-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 Zimbabwean network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a politician of Emmerson Mnangagwa's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (69%) of respondents think those Emmerson Mnangagwa death rumors are not funny anymore.
Emmerson Mnangagwa Death Hoax Dismissed Since Politician Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Thursday (October 21) the politician's reps officially confirmed that Emmerson Mnangagwa 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 politician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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