News of author Gavin McInnes’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the July 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, Vice's founder is alive and well.
UPDATE 08/07/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Gavin McInnes death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the author’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Gavin McInnes’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Canadian author’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (July 06, 2020), our beloved author Gavin McInnes passed away. Gavin McInnes was born on July 17, 1970 in Hitchin. 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 author, actor, comedian and television host 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 Canadian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an author of Gavin McInnes' 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 Gavin McInnes death rumors are not funny anymore.
Gavin McInnes Death Hoax Dismissed Since Author Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Tuesday (July 07) the author's reps officially confirmed that Gavin McInnes 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 author. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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