News of prince Prince William’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2018 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Duke of Cambridge is alive and well.
UPDATE 16/08/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Prince William death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the prince’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Prince William’ 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 Tuesday (August 14, 2018), our beloved prince Prince William passed away. Prince William (son of Lady Diana and Prince Charles) was born on June 21, 1982 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 36-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 William's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (91%) of respondents think those Prince William death rumors are not funny anymore.
Prince William Death Hoax Dismissed Since Prince Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (August 15) the prince's reps officially confirmed that Prince William 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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