“Preta Gil dead 2017” : Singer killed by internet death hoax

Preta Gil is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of singer Preta Gil’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 singer best known for albums like Sou como Sou, Noite Preta ao Vivo or Prêt-à Porter is alive and well.

UPDATE 15/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Preta Gil death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Preta Gil’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Brazilian singer’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (December 13, 2017), our beloved singer Preta Gil passed away. Preta Gil (daughter of Gilberto Gil) was born on August 8, 1974 in Rio de Janeiro. She 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 43-year-old singer, actress and television host 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 Brazilian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a singer of Preta Gil's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (68%) of respondents think those Preta Gil death rumors are not funny anymore.

Preta Gil Death Hoax Dismissed Since Singer Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Thursday (December 14) the singer's reps officially confirmed that Preta Gil is not dead. “She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She'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 singer. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.

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