“Jean-Claude Bourret dead 2020” : Journalist killed by internet death hoax

Jean-Claude Bourret is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of journalist Jean-Claude Bourret’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 79-year-old journalist is alive and well.

UPDATE 10/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Jean-Claude Bourret death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the journalist’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Jean-Claude Bourret’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French journalist’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (August 08, 2020), our beloved journalist Jean-Claude Bourret passed away. Jean-Claude Bourret was born on July 17, 1941 in Lyon. 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 79-year-old journalist and television host 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 journalist of Jean-Claude Bourret's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (84%) of respondents think those Jean-Claude Bourret death rumors are not funny anymore.

Jean-Claude Bourret Death Hoax Dismissed Since Journalist Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Sunday (August 09) the journalist's reps officially confirmed that Jean-Claude Bourret 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 journalist. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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