News of journalist Laurent Joffrin’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the January 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Le Nouvel Observateur's managing editor is alive and well.
UPDATE 02/02/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Laurent Joffrin death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the journalist’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Laurent Joffrin’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French journalist’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (January 31, 2023), our beloved journalist Laurent Joffrin passed away. Laurent Joffrin was born on June 30, 1952 in Vincennes. 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 70-year-old journalist 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 French network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a journalist of Laurent Joffrin's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (73%) of respondents think those Laurent Joffrin death rumors are not funny anymore.
Laurent Joffrin Death Hoax Dismissed Since Journalist Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (February 01) the journalist's reps officially confirmed that Laurent Joffrin 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 journalist. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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