News of composer John Williams’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 composer best known for the soundtracks to Indiana Jones or Star Wars is alive and well.
UPDATE 29/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
John Williams death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the composer’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. John Williams’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American composer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (September 27, 2020), our beloved composer John Williams passed away. John Williams was born on February 8, 1932 in New York. 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 88-year-old composer, conductor and pianist 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 composer of John Williams' stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (76%) of respondents think those John Williams death rumors are not funny anymore.
John Williams Death Hoax Dismissed Since Composer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Monday (September 28) the composer's reps officially confirmed that John Williams 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 composer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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