News of scientist Katherine Johnson’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the October 2019 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 101-year-old scientist is alive and well.
UPDATE 16/10/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Katherine Johnson death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the scientist’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Katherine Johnson’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American scientist’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (October 14, 2019), our beloved scientist Katherine Johnson passed away. Katherine Johnson was born on August 26, 1918 in White Sulphur Springs. She 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 101-year-old scientist 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 scientist of Katherine Johnson's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 50% still think false Katherine Johnson death rumors are funny.
Katherine Johnson Death Hoax Dismissed Since Scientist Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Tuesday (October 15) the scientist's reps officially confirmed that Katherine Johnson is not dead. “She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She'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 scientist. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
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