News of athlete Marcel Hirscher’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the October 2019 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 30-year-old athlete is alive and well.
UPDATE 23/10/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Marcel Hirscher death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the athlete’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Marcel Hirscher’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Australian athlete’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (October 21, 2019), our beloved athlete Marcel Hirscher passed away. Marcel Hirscher was born on March 2, 1989 in Salzburg. 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 30-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 Australian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an athlete of Marcel Hirscher's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (82%) of respondents think those Marcel Hirscher death rumors are not funny anymore.
Marcel Hirscher Death Hoax Dismissed Since Athlete Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Tuesday (October 22) the athlete's reps officially confirmed that Marcel Hirscher 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 athlete. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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