“Isao Tomita dead 2019” : Composer killed by internet death hoax

Isao Tomita is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of composer Isao Tomita’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the January 2019 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the composer best known for his album Snowflakes Are Dancing is alive and well.

UPDATE 21/01/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Isao Tomita death hoax spreads on Facebook

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

At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (January 19, 2019), our beloved composer Isao Tomita passed away. Isao Tomita was born on April 22, 1932 in Tokyo. 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 86-year-old composer 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 Japanese network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a composer of Isao Tomita's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (69%) of respondents think those Isao Tomita death rumors are not funny anymore.

Isao Tomita Death Hoax Dismissed Since Composer Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Sunday (January 20) the composer's reps officially confirmed that Isao Tomita 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 composer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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