News of director Mike Nichols’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the December 2022 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the director best known for Closer, The Graduate or Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is alive and well.
UPDATE 10/12/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Mike Nichols death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the director’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Mike Nichols’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American director’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (December 08, 2022), our beloved director Mike Nichols passed away. Mike Nichols was born on November 6, 1931 in Berlin. 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 91-year-old director 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 director of Mike Nichols' stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (70%) of respondents think those Mike Nichols death rumors are not funny anymore.
Mike Nichols Death Hoax Dismissed Since Director Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (December 09) the director's reps officially confirmed that Mike Nichols 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 director. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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