News of television host Laurent Ruquier’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the host of ‘On va s'gêner’ is alive and well.
UPDATE 13/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Laurent Ruquier death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the television host’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Laurent Ruquier’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French television host’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (August 11, 2020), our beloved television host Laurent Ruquier passed away. Laurent Ruquier was born on February 24, 1963 in Le Havre. 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 57-year-old television host and producer 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 television host of Laurent Ruquier's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (95%) of respondents think those Laurent Ruquier death rumors are not funny anymore.
Laurent Ruquier Death Hoax Dismissed Since Television host Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (August 12) the television host's reps officially confirmed that Laurent Ruquier 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 television host. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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