News of footballer Mario Gómez’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the February 2018 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 32-year-old footballer is alive and well.
UPDATE 24/02/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Mario Gómez death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the footballer’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Mario Gómez’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the German footballer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (February 22, 2018), our beloved footballer Mario Gómez passed away. Mario Gómez was born on July 10, 1985 in Riedlingen. 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 32-year-old footballer 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 German network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a footballer of Mario Gómez's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (79%) of respondents think those Mario Gómez death rumors are not funny anymore.
Mario Gómez Death Hoax Dismissed Since Footballer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (February 23) the footballer's reps officially confirmed that Mario Gómez 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 footballer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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