News of comedian Jamel Debbouze’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the comedian best known for his roles in H or Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra is alive and well.
UPDATE 23/09/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Jamel Debbouze death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the comedian’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Jamel Debbouze’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French comedian’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (September 21, 2023), our beloved comedian Jamel Debbouze passed away. Jamel Debbouze was born on June 18, 1975 in Trappes. 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 48-year-old comedian and actor 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 French network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a comedian of Jamel Debbouze's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (92%) of respondents think those Jamel Debbouze death rumors are not funny anymore.
Jamel Debbouze Death Hoax Dismissed Since Comedian Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (September 22) the comedian's reps officially confirmed that Jamel Debbouze 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 comedian. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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