“Gough Whitlam dead 2022” : Former Australian Prime Minister killed by internet death hoax

Gough Whitlam is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of politician Gough Whitlam’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 2022 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the former Australian Prime Minister is alive and well.

UPDATE 01/10/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Gough Whitlam death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the politician’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Gough Whitlam’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Australian politician’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (September 29, 2022), our beloved politician Gough Whitlam passed away. Gough Whitlam was born on July 11, 1916 in Melbourne. 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 106-year-old politician 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 Australian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a politician of Gough Whitlam's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 53% still think false Gough Whitlam death rumors are funny.

Gough Whitlam Death Hoax Dismissed Since Politician Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Friday (September 30) the politician's reps officially confirmed that Gough Whitlam 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 politician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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