News of prince Peter Phillips’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the January 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Grandson of Queen Elizabeth II is alive and well.
UPDATE 22/01/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Peter Phillips death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the prince’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Peter Phillips’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the British prince’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (January 20, 2020), our beloved prince Peter Phillips passed away. Peter Phillips (son of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips) was born on November 15, 1977 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 42-year-old prince 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 prince of Peter Phillips' stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (70%) of respondents think those Peter Phillips death rumors are not funny anymore.
Peter Phillips Death Hoax Dismissed Since Prince Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Tuesday (January 21) the prince's reps officially confirmed that Peter Phillips 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 prince. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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