News of pope Pope Benedict XVI’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the December 2017 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the former pope is alive and well.
UPDATE 17/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Pope Benedict XVI death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the pope’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Pope Benedict XVI’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the German pope’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (December 15, 2017), our beloved pope Pope Benedict XVI passed away. Pope Benedict XVI was born on April 16, 1927 in Marktl. 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 90-year-old pope 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 German network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a pope of Pope Benedict XVI's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (74%) of respondents think those Pope Benedict XVI death rumors are not funny anymore.
Pope Benedict XVI Death Hoax Dismissed Since Pope Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Saturday (December 16) the pope's reps officially confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI 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 pope. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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