“Michael Sembello dead 2020” : Musician killed by internet death hoax

Michael Sembello is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of musician Michael Sembello’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 musician best known for his hit song Maniac is alive and well.

UPDATE 24/11/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Michael Sembello death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the musician’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Michael Sembello’ 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 Sunday (November 22, 2020), our beloved musician Michael Sembello passed away. Michael Sembello was born on April 17, 1954 in Philadelphia. 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 66-year-old musician, singer and songwriter 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 Michael Sembello's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (80%) of respondents think those Michael Sembello death rumors are not funny anymore.

Michael Sembello Death Hoax Dismissed Since Musician Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Monday (November 23) the musician's reps officially confirmed that Michael Sembello 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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