News of actor Kodi Smit-McPhee’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the June 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the actor best known for his roles in X-Men: Apocalypse, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes or Let Me In is alive and well.
UPDATE 23/06/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Kodi Smit-McPhee death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Kodi Smit-McPhee’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Australian actor’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (June 21, 2021), our beloved actor Kodi Smit-McPhee passed away. Kodi Smit-McPhee was born on June 13, 1996 in Adelaide. 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 25-year-old actor 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 Australian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actor of Kodi Smit-McPhee'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 Kodi Smit-McPhee death rumors are not funny anymore.
Kodi Smit-McPhee Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Tuesday (June 22) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Kodi Smit-McPhee 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 actor. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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