News of singer Johnny Van Zant’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the March 2019 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer is alive and well.
UPDATE 24/03/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Johnny Van Zant death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Johnny Van Zant’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American singer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (March 22, 2019), our beloved singer Johnny Van Zant passed away. Johnny Van Zant was born on February 27, 1959 in Jacksonville. 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 60-year-old singer 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 singer of Johnny Van Zant's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (92%) of respondents think those Johnny Van Zant death rumors are not funny anymore.
Johnny Van Zant Death Hoax Dismissed Since Singer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Saturday (March 23) the singer's reps officially confirmed that Johnny Van Zant 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 singer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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