News of author Michel Houellebecq’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 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 Map and the Territory and Atomised is alive and well.
UPDATE 21/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Michel Houellebecq death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the author’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Michel Houellebecq’ 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 Saturday (September 19, 2020), our beloved author Michel Houellebecq passed away. Michel Houellebecq was born on February 26, 1958 in La Réunion. 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 62-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 Michel Houellebecq's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (95%) of respondents think those Michel Houellebecq death rumors are not funny anymore.
Michel Houellebecq Death Hoax Dismissed Since Author Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Sunday (September 20) the author's reps officially confirmed that Michel Houellebecq 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 author. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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