News of author Mazarine Pingeot’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the former French President Francois Mitterrand's daughter is alive and well.
UPDATE 11/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Mazarine Pingeot death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the author’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Mazarine Pingeot’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French author’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (August 09, 2020), our beloved author Mazarine Pingeot passed away. Mazarine Pingeot was born on December 18, 1974 in Avignon. 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 45-year-old author 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 an author of Mazarine Pingeot's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (78%) of respondents think those Mazarine Pingeot death rumors are not funny anymore.
Mazarine Pingeot Death Hoax Dismissed Since Author Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Monday (August 10) the author's reps officially confirmed that Mazarine Pingeot 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 author. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
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