News of director Jafar Panahi’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the July 2019 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the director best known for The Circle or The White Balloon is alive and well.
UPDATE 17/07/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Jafar Panahi death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the director’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Jafar Panahi’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Iranian director’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (July 15, 2019), our beloved director Jafar Panahi passed away. Jafar Panahi was born on July 11, 1960 in Mianeh. 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 59-year-old director, screenwriter and producer 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 Iranian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a director of Jafar Panahi'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 Jafar Panahi death rumors are not funny anymore.
Jafar Panahi Death Hoax Dismissed Since Director Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Tuesday (July 16) the director's reps officially confirmed that Jafar Panahi 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 director. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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