News of comedian Fabien Olicard’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the November 2019 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 Mots de Tête is alive and well.
UPDATE 17/11/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Fabien Olicard death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the comedian’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Fabien Olicard’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French comedian’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (November 15, 2019), our beloved comedian Fabien Olicard passed away. Fabien Olicard was born on November 22, 1982 in La Rochelle. 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 36-year-old comedian and illusionist 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 comedian of Fabien Olicard's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (88%) of respondents think those Fabien Olicard death rumors are not funny anymore.
Fabien Olicard Death Hoax Dismissed Since Comedian Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Saturday (November 16) the comedian's reps officially confirmed that Fabien Olicard 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 comedian. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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