News of footballer Michel Platini’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the January 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the UEFA President is alive and well.
UPDATE 19/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Michel Platini death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the footballer’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Michel Platini’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French footballer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (January 17, 2021), our beloved footballer Michel Platini passed away. Michel Platini was born on June 21, 1955 in Jœuf. 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 65-year-old footballer 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 footballer of Michel Platini's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (93%) of respondents think those Michel Platini death rumors are not funny anymore.
Michel Platini Death Hoax Dismissed Since Footballer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Monday (January 18) the footballer's reps officially confirmed that Michel Platini 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 footballer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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