“Richard Curtis dead 2020” : Screenwriter killed by internet death hoax

Richard Curtis is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of screenwriter Richard Curtis’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the December 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the screenwriter best known for The Boat That Rocked or Love Actually and best known as the producer of Four Weddings and a Funeral is alive and well.

UPDATE 04/12/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Richard Curtis death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the screenwriter’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Richard Curtis’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the screenwriter’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (December 02, 2020), our beloved screenwriter Richard Curtis passed away. Richard Curtis was born on November 8, 1956 in Wellington. 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 64-year-old screenwriter, producer and actor 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 network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a screenwriter of Richard Curtis' stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (85%) of respondents think those Richard Curtis death rumors are not funny anymore.

Richard Curtis Death Hoax Dismissed Since Screenwriter Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Thursday (December 03) the screenwriter's reps officially confirmed that Richard Curtis 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 screenwriter. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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