News of politician Raúl Castro’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 Cuban president is alive and well.
UPDATE 23/03/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Raúl Castro death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the politician’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Raúl Castro’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Cuban politician’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (March 21, 2019), our beloved politician Raúl Castro passed away. Raúl Castro was born on June 3, 1931 in Birán. 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 87-year-old politician 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 Cuban network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a politician of Raúl Castro's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (72%) of respondents think those Raúl Castro death rumors are not funny anymore.
Raúl Castro Death Hoax Dismissed Since Politician Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (March 22) the politician's reps officially confirmed that Raúl Castro 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 politician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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