News of politician José María Aznar’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the former Spanish Prime Minister is alive and well.
UPDATE 15/05/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
José María Aznar death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the politician’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. José María Aznar’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Spanish politician’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (May 13, 2021), our beloved politician José María Aznar passed away. José María Aznar was born on February 25, 1953 in Madrid. 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 68-year-old politician 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 Spanish network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a politician of José María Aznar'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 José María Aznar death rumors are not funny anymore.
José María Aznar Death Hoax Dismissed Since Politician Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (May 14) the politician's reps officially confirmed that José María Aznar 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 politician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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