“Olivier De Kersauson dead 2021” : Sailor killed by internet death hoax

Olivier De Kersauson is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of sailor Olivier De Kersauson’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 sailor best known as cast member of Les Grosses Têtes is alive and well.

UPDATE 23/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Olivier De Kersauson death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the sailor’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Olivier De Kersauson’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French sailor’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (January 21, 2021), our beloved sailor Olivier De Kersauson passed away. Olivier De Kersauson was born on July 20, 1944 in Bonnétable. 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 76-year-old sailor 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 sailor of Olivier De Kersauson's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (67%) of respondents think those Olivier De Kersauson death rumors are not funny anymore.

Olivier De Kersauson Death Hoax Dismissed Since Sailor Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Friday (January 22) the sailor's reps officially confirmed that Olivier De Kersauson 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 sailor. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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