News of singer Geri Halliwell’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the January 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, Spice Girls ex-singer is alive and well.
UPDATE 23/01/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Geri Halliwell death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Geri Halliwell’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the British singer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (January 21, 2020), our beloved singer Geri Halliwell passed away. Geri Halliwell was born on August 6, 1972 in Watford. She 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 47-year-old singer 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 a singer of Geri Halliwell's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (87%) of respondents think those Geri Halliwell death rumors are not funny anymore.
Geri Halliwell Death Hoax Dismissed Since Singer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (January 22) the singer's reps officially confirmed that Geri Halliwell is not dead. “She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She'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 singer. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
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