News of director James Gunn’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the July 2020 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 Guardians of the Galaxy or Slither is alive and well.
UPDATE 09/07/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
James Gunn death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the director’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. James Gunn’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American director’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (July 07, 2020), our beloved director James Gunn passed away. James Gunn was born on August 5, 1966 in St. Louis. 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 53-year-old director, screenwriter, producer, author, actor and musician 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 American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a director of James Gunn's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (75%) of respondents think those James Gunn death rumors are not funny anymore.
James Gunn Death Hoax Dismissed Since Director Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (July 08) the director's reps officially confirmed that James Gunn 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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