News of tennis player Li Na’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the January 2021 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 tennis player is alive and well.
UPDATE 24/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Li Na death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the tennis player’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Li Na’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Chinese tennis player’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (January 22, 2021), our beloved tennis player Li Na passed away. Li Na was born on February 26, 1982 in Wuhan. She 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 tennis player 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 tennis player of Li Na'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 Li Na death rumors are not funny anymore.
Li Na Death Hoax Dismissed Since Tennis player Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Saturday (January 23) the tennis player's reps officially confirmed that Li Na is not dead. “She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She'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 tennis player. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
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