News of actor François Damiens’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the June 2022 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the actor best known for his roles in The Bélier Family, Delicacy, Borderline or Heartbreaker is alive and well.
UPDATE 30/06/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
François Damiens death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. François Damiens’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Belgian actor’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (June 28, 2022), our beloved actor François Damiens passed away. François Damiens was born on January 17, 1973 in Uccle. 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 49-year-old actor and comedian 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 Belgian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actor of François Damiens' stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (82%) of respondents think those François Damiens death rumors are not funny anymore.
François Damiens Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (June 29) the actor's reps officially confirmed that François Damiens 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 actor. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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