News of rapper Jermaine Dupri’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the December 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the rapper best known for his hit song Welcome to Atlanta is alive and well.
UPDATE 04/12/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Jermaine Dupri death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the rapper’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Jermaine Dupri’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American rapper’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (December 02, 2020), our beloved rapper Jermaine Dupri passed away. Jermaine Dupri was born on September 23, 1972 in Asheville. 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 rapper and business man 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 rapper of Jermaine Dupri's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 72% still think false Jermaine Dupri death rumors are funny.
Jermaine Dupri Death Hoax Dismissed Since Rapper Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Thursday (December 03) the rapper's reps officially confirmed that Jermaine Dupri 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 rapper. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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