“Geoffrey Zakarian dead 2020” : Chef killed by internet death hoax

Geoffrey Zakarian is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, former ‘Chopped’ judge is alive and well.

UPDATE 24/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Geoffrey Zakarian death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the chef’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Geoffrey Zakarian’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American chef’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (September 22, 2020), our beloved chef Geoffrey Zakarian passed away. Geoffrey Zakarian was born on July 25, 1959 in Worcester. 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 61-year-old chef, business man and author 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 American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a chef of Geoffrey Zakarian's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (86%) of respondents think those Geoffrey Zakarian death rumors are not funny anymore.

Geoffrey Zakarian Death Hoax Dismissed Since Chef Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Wednesday (September 23) the chef's reps officially confirmed that Geoffrey Zakarian 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 chef. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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