“Richard Cocciante dead 2023” : Singer killed by internet death hoax
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News of singer Richard Cocciante’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the March 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the singer best known for the soundtracks to the Hunchback of Notre Dame, is alive and well.
UPDATE 01/04/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Richard Cocciante death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Richard Cocciante’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Italian singer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (March 30, 2023), our beloved singer Richard Cocciante passed away. Richard Cocciante was born on February 20, 1946 in Saigon. 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 77-year-old singer and songwriter 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 Italian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a singer of Richard Cocciante's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (76%) of respondents think those Richard Cocciante death rumors are not funny anymore.
Richard Cocciante Death Hoax Dismissed Since Singer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Friday (March 31) the singer's reps officially confirmed that Richard Cocciante 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 singer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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