“James Randi dead 2024” : ‘An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural’ author killed by internet death hoax

James Randi is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of illusionist James Randi’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2024 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the author of An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural is alive and well.

UPDATE 30/05/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

James Randi death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the illusionist’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. James Randi’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American illusionist’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (May 28, 2024), our beloved illusionist James Randi passed away. James Randi was born on August 7, 1928 in Toronto. 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 95-year-old illusionist and scientist 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 an illusionist of James Randi'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 Randi death rumors are not funny anymore.

James Randi Death Hoax Dismissed Since Illusionist Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Wednesday (May 29) the illusionist's reps officially confirmed that James Randi 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 illusionist. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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