News of athlete Lucy Li’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 18-year-old athlete is alive and well.
UPDATE 15/05/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Lucy Li death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the athlete’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Lucy Li’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American athlete’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (May 13, 2021), our beloved athlete Lucy Li passed away. Lucy Li was born on October 1, 2002 in Stanford. 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 18-year-old athlete 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 American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an athlete of Lucy Li's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 72% still think false Lucy Li death rumors are funny.
Lucy Li Death Hoax Dismissed Since Athlete Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (May 14) the athlete's reps officially confirmed that Lucy Li 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 athlete. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
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