News of actor Joe Taslim’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2022 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 Fast & Furious 6 or The Raid: Redemption is alive and well.
UPDATE 19/08/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Joe Taslim death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Joe Taslim’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Indonesian actor’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (August 17, 2022), our beloved actor Joe Taslim passed away. Joe Taslim was born on June 23, 1981 in Palembang. 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 41-year-old actor and model 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 Indonesian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actor of Joe Taslim's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 70% still think false Joe Taslim death rumors are funny.
Joe Taslim Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Thursday (August 18) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Joe Taslim 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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