“François Bayrou dead 2020” : Modem leader killed by internet death hoax

François Bayrou is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of politician François Bayrou’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the October 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Modem leader is alive and well.

UPDATE 21/10/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

François Bayrou death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the politician’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. François Bayrou’ 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 Monday (October 19, 2020), our beloved politician François Bayrou passed away. François Bayrou was born on May 25, 1951 in Bordères. 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 69-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 François Bayrou's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (77%) of respondents think those François Bayrou death rumors are not funny anymore.

François Bayrou Death Hoax Dismissed Since Politician Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Tuesday (October 20) the politician's reps officially confirmed that François Bayrou 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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