News of singer Michael Stipe’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the June 2019 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, R.E.M. frontman is alive and well.
UPDATE 16/06/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Michael Stipe death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Michael Stipe’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American singer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (June 14, 2019), our beloved singer Michael Stipe passed away. Michael Stipe was born on January 4, 1960 in Decatur. 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 59-year-old 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 singer of Michael Stipe's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (69%) of respondents think those Michael Stipe death rumors are not funny anymore.
Michael Stipe Death Hoax Dismissed Since Singer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Saturday (June 15) the singer's reps officially confirmed that Michael Stipe 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 singer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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