“Keith Jarrett dead 2017” : Pianist killed by internet death hoax

Keith Jarrett is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of pianist Keith Jarrett’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the December 2017 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the pianist best known for his album The Köln Concert is alive and well.

UPDATE 16/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Keith Jarrett death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the pianist’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Keith Jarrett’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American pianist’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (December 14, 2017), our beloved pianist Keith Jarrett passed away. Keith Jarrett was born on May 8, 1945 in Allentown. 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 72-year-old 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 pianist of Keith Jarrett's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 68% still think false Keith Jarrett death rumors are funny.

Keith Jarrett Death Hoax Dismissed Since Pianist Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Friday (December 15) the pianist's reps officially confirmed that Keith Jarrett 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 pianist. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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