News of author Merrill Markoe’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the November 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the author of the Psycho Ex Game and What the Dogs Have Taught Me is alive and well.
UPDATE 27/11/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Merrill Markoe death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the author’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Merrill Markoe’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American author’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (November 25, 2020), our beloved author Merrill Markoe passed away. Merrill Markoe was born on August 13, 1948 in New York. 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 72-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 American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an author of Merrill Markoe's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (89%) of respondents think those Merrill Markoe death rumors are not funny anymore.
Merrill Markoe Death Hoax Dismissed Since Author Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Thursday (November 26) the author's reps officially confirmed that Merrill Markoe 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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