“Enki Bilal dead 2020” : ‘The Nikopol Trilogy’ author killed by internet death hoax

Enki Bilal is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of cartoonist Enki Bilal’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the author of the Nikopol Trilogy is alive and well.

UPDATE 15/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Enki Bilal death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the cartoonist’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Enki Bilal’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French cartoonist’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (August 13, 2020), our beloved cartoonist Enki Bilal passed away. Enki Bilal was born on October 7, 1951 in Belgrade. 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 68-year-old cartoonist 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 cartoonist of Enki Bilal's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (68%) of respondents think those Enki Bilal death rumors are not funny anymore.

Enki Bilal Death Hoax Dismissed Since Cartoonist Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Friday (August 14) the cartoonist's reps officially confirmed that Enki Bilal 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 cartoonist. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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