News of actor Joe Mantegna’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the actor best known for his roles in The Godfather Part III or Criminal Minds is alive and well.
UPDATE 28/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Joe Mantegna death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Joe Mantegna’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American actor’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (September 26, 2020), our beloved actor Joe Mantegna passed away. Joe Mantegna was born on November 13, 1947 in Chicago. 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 72-year-old actor, producer, author and director 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 actor of Joe Mantegna's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (69%) of respondents think those Joe Mantegna death rumors are not funny anymore.
Joe Mantegna Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Sunday (September 27) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Joe Mantegna 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 actor. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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