News of prince Prince Philip’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the June 2019 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 98-year-old prince is alive and well.
UPDATE 26/06/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Prince Philip death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the prince’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Prince Philip’ 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 (June 24, 2019), our beloved prince Prince Philip passed away. Prince Philip was born on June 10, 1921 in Mon Repos. 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 98-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 Prince Philip's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (83%) of respondents think those Prince Philip death rumors are not funny anymore.
Prince Philip Death Hoax Dismissed Since Prince Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Tuesday (June 25) the prince's reps officially confirmed that Prince Philip 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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