News of dj Paul Oakenfold’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 dj best known for hit songs like Starry Eyed Surprise or Ready Steady Go is alive and well.
UPDATE 15/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Paul Oakenfold death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the dj’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Paul Oakenfold’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the British dj’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (August 13, 2020), our beloved dj Paul Oakenfold passed away. Paul Oakenfold was born on August 30, 1963 in London. 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 56-year-old dj and producer 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 dj of Paul Oakenfold's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (91%) of respondents think those Paul Oakenfold death rumors are not funny anymore.
Paul Oakenfold Death Hoax Dismissed Since Dj Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (August 14) the dj's reps officially confirmed that Paul Oakenfold 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 dj. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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