News of television host Rachel Riley’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2019 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the host of ‘Countdown’ is alive and well.
UPDATE 24/05/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Rachel Riley death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the television host’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Rachel Riley’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the English television host’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (May 22, 2019), our beloved television host Rachel Riley passed away. Rachel Riley was born on January 11, 1986 in Rochford. 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 33-year-old 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 English network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a television host of Rachel Riley's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (66%) of respondents think those Rachel Riley death rumors are not funny anymore.
Rachel Riley Death Hoax Dismissed Since Television host Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Thursday (May 23) the television host's reps officially confirmed that Rachel Riley 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 television host. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
© 2019 MediaMass All rights reserved. Do not reproduce (even with permission).
Rachel Riley: Recent News