News of politician Nick Clegg’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Deputy Prime Minister is alive and well.
UPDATE 10/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Nick Clegg death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the politician’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Nick Clegg’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the British politician’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (August 08, 2020), our beloved politician Nick Clegg passed away. Nick Clegg was born on January 7, 1967 in Chalfont St Giles. 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 53-year-old politician 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 British network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a politician of Nick Clegg's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (57%) of respondents think those Nick Clegg death rumors are not funny anymore.
Nick Clegg Death Hoax Dismissed Since Politician Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Sunday (August 09) the politician's reps officially confirmed that Nick Clegg 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 politician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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