News of director Joel Coen’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 director best known for No Country for Old Men or The Big Lebowski is alive and well.
UPDATE 07/07/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Joel Coen death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the director’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Joel Coen’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American director’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (July 05, 2020), our beloved director Joel Coen passed away. Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in St. Louis Park. 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 65-year-old 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 a director of Joel Coen's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (90%) of respondents think those Joel Coen death rumors are not funny anymore.
Joel Coen Death Hoax Dismissed Since Director Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Monday (July 06) the director's reps officially confirmed that Joel Coen 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 director. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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