“Ian Gillan dead 2021” : Deep Purple lead singer killed by internet death hoax

Ian Gillan is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of singer Ian Gillan’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the January 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, Deep Purple lead singer is alive and well.

UPDATE 25/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Ian Gillan death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Ian Gillan’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the English singer’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (January 23, 2021), our beloved singer Ian Gillan passed away. Ian Gillan was born on August 19, 1945 in Chiswick. 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 75-year-old singer and songwriter 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 English network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a singer of Ian Gillan's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 78% still think false Ian Gillan death rumors are funny.

Ian Gillan Death Hoax Dismissed Since Singer Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Sunday (January 24) the singer's reps officially confirmed that Ian Gillan 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 singer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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