News of musician Neil Young’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 musician best known for hit songs like Old Man or Heart of Gold is alive and well.
UPDATE 23/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Neil Young death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the musician’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Neil Young’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Canadian musician’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (September 21, 2020), our beloved musician Neil Young passed away. Neil Young was born on November 12, 1945 in Toronto. 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 74-year-old musician, 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 Canadian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a musician of Neil Young's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (75%) of respondents think those Neil Young death rumors are not funny anymore.
Neil Young Death Hoax Dismissed Since Musician Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Tuesday (September 22) the musician's reps officially confirmed that Neil Young 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 musician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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