“Freddie Highmore dead 2023” : Actor killed by internet death hoax
- By Jessica Simpson
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News of actor Freddie Highmore’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the June 2023 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 Bates Motel, August Rush or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is alive and well.
UPDATE 03/06/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Freddie Highmore death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Freddie Highmore’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the British actor’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (June 01, 2023), our beloved actor Freddie Highmore passed away. Freddie Highmore was born on February 14, 1992 in London. 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 31-year-old actor 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 British network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actor of Freddie Highmore's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (84%) of respondents think those Freddie Highmore death rumors are not funny anymore.
Freddie Highmore Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (June 02) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Freddie Highmore 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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