News of director Paul Verhoeven’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the October 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the director best known for Starship Troopers, Basic Instinct or Total Recall is alive and well.
UPDATE 16/10/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Paul Verhoeven death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the director’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Paul Verhoeven’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Dutch director’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (October 14, 2021), our beloved director Paul Verhoeven passed away. Paul Verhoeven was born on July 18, 1938 in Amsterdam. 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 83-year-old director 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 Dutch network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a director of Paul Verhoeven's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (84%) of respondents think those Paul Verhoeven death rumors are not funny anymore.
Paul Verhoeven Death Hoax Dismissed Since Director Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (October 15) the director's reps officially confirmed that Paul Verhoeven 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 director. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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