News of athlete Lance Armstrong’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the April 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 49-year-old athlete is alive and well.
UPDATE 16/04/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Lance Armstrong death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the athlete’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Lance Armstrong’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American athlete’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (April 14, 2021), our beloved athlete Lance Armstrong passed away. Lance Armstrong was born on September 18, 1971 in Plano. 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 49-year-old athlete 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 an athlete of Lance Armstrong's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (80%) of respondents think those Lance Armstrong death rumors are not funny anymore.
Lance Armstrong Death Hoax Dismissed Since Athlete Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Thursday (April 15) the athlete's reps officially confirmed that Lance Armstrong 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 athlete. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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