News of musician Maceo Parker’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the February 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the James Brown's former saxophone player is alive and well.
UPDATE 28/02/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Maceo Parker death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the musician’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Maceo Parker’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American musician’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (February 26, 2020), our beloved musician Maceo Parker passed away. Maceo Parker was born on February 14, 1943 in Kinston. 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 77-year-old musician and singer 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 a musician of Maceo Parker's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (72%) of respondents think those Maceo Parker death rumors are not funny anymore.
Maceo Parker Death Hoax Dismissed Since Musician Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Thursday (February 27) the musician's reps officially confirmed that Maceo Parker 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 musician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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