News of political figure Joseph Kabila’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the December 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Congolese president is alive and well.
UPDATE 06/12/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Joseph Kabila death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the political figure’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Joseph Kabila’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the congolese political figure’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (December 04, 2021), our beloved political figure Joseph Kabila passed away. Joseph Kabila was born on June 4, 1971 in Hewa Bora. 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 50-year-old political figure 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 congolese network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a political figure of Joseph Kabila's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (94%) of respondents think those Joseph Kabila death rumors are not funny anymore.
Joseph Kabila Death Hoax Dismissed Since Political figure Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Sunday (December 05) the political figure's reps officially confirmed that Joseph Kabila 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 political figure. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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