News of television host Jérôme Bonaldi’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 television host best known as cast member of Nulle Part Ailleurs is alive and well.
UPDATE 14/07/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Jérôme Bonaldi death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the television host’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Jérôme Bonaldi’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French television host’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (July 12, 2020), our beloved television host Jérôme Bonaldi passed away. Jérôme Bonaldi was born on September 17, 1952 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 67-year-old 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 television host of Jérôme Bonaldi's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (87%) of respondents think those Jérôme Bonaldi death rumors are not funny anymore.
Jérôme Bonaldi Death Hoax Dismissed Since Television host Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Monday (July 13) the television host's reps officially confirmed that Jérôme Bonaldi 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 television host. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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