News of philosopher Michel Onfray’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 Counter-history of Philosophy and Atheist Manifesto is alive and well.
UPDATE 01/10/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Michel Onfray death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the philosopher’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Michel Onfray’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French philosopher’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (September 29, 2020), our beloved philosopher Michel Onfray passed away. Michel Onfray was born on January 1, 1959 in Chambois. 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 61-year-old philosopher 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 a philosopher of Michel Onfray's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (92%) of respondents think those Michel Onfray death rumors are not funny anymore.
Michel Onfray Death Hoax Dismissed Since Philosopher Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (September 30) the philosopher's reps officially confirmed that Michel Onfray 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 philosopher. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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