News of tennis player Rafael Nadal’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the March 2019 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 32-year-old tennis player is alive and well.
UPDATE 19/03/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Rafael Nadal death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the tennis player’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Rafael Nadal’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Spanish tennis player’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (March 17, 2019), our beloved tennis player Rafael Nadal passed away. Rafael Nadal was born on June 3, 1986 in Manacor. 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 32-year-old tennis player 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 Spanish network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a tennis player of Rafael Nadal's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (73%) of respondents think those Rafael Nadal death rumors are not funny anymore.
Rafael Nadal Death Hoax Dismissed Since Tennis player Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Monday (March 18) the tennis player's reps officially confirmed that Rafael Nadal 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 tennis player. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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