News of pianist Lang Lang’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the October 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 38-year-old pianist is alive and well.
UPDATE 31/10/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Lang Lang death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the pianist’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Lang Lang’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Chinese pianist’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (October 29, 2020), our beloved pianist Lang Lang passed away. Lang Lang was born on June 14, 1982 in Shenyang. 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 38-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 Chinese network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a pianist of Lang Lang's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (83%) of respondents think those Lang Lang death rumors are not funny anymore.
Lang Lang Death Hoax Dismissed Since Pianist Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (October 30) the pianist's reps officially confirmed that Lang Lang 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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