News of footballer Patrick Battiston’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 64-year-old footballer is alive and well.
UPDATE 11/05/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Patrick Battiston death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the footballer’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Patrick Battiston’ 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 (May 09, 2021), our beloved footballer Patrick Battiston passed away. Patrick Battiston was born on March 12, 1957 in Amnéville. 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 64-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 Patrick Battiston'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 Patrick Battiston death rumors are not funny anymore.
Patrick Battiston Death Hoax Dismissed Since Footballer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Monday (May 10) the footballer's reps officially confirmed that Patrick Battiston 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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