“Loïck Peyron dead 2020” : Sailor killed by internet death hoax

Loïck Peyron is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of sailor Loïck Peyron’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the November 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 60-year-old sailor is alive and well.

UPDATE 29/11/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Loïck Peyron death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the sailor’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Loïck Peyron’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French sailor’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (November 27, 2020), our beloved sailor Loïck Peyron passed away. Loïck Peyron was born on December 1, 1959 in Nantes. 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 60-year-old sailor 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 sailor of Loïck Peyron's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (91%) of respondents think those Loïck Peyron death rumors are not funny anymore.

Loïck Peyron Death Hoax Dismissed Since Sailor Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Saturday (November 28) the sailor's reps officially confirmed that Loïck Peyron 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 sailor. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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