News of tennis player Lleyton Hewitt’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 40-year-old tennis player is alive and well.
UPDATE 21/04/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Lleyton Hewitt death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the tennis player’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Lleyton Hewitt’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Australian tennis player’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (April 19, 2021), our beloved tennis player Lleyton Hewitt passed away. Lleyton Hewitt was born on February 24, 1981 in Adelaide. 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 40-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 Australian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a tennis player of Lleyton Hewitt's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (85%) of respondents think those Lleyton Hewitt death rumors are not funny anymore.
Lleyton Hewitt Death Hoax Dismissed Since Tennis player Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Tuesday (April 20) the tennis player's reps officially confirmed that Lleyton Hewitt 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 tennis player. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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