“Rick Springfield dead 2020” : Singer killed by internet death hoax

Rick Springfield is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of singer Rick Springfield’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2020 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 his hit song Jessie's Girl is alive and well.

UPDATE 08/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Rick Springfield death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Rick Springfield’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Australian singer’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (August 06, 2020), our beloved singer Rick Springfield passed away. Rick Springfield was born on August 23, 1949 in South Wentworthville. 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 70-year-old singer, songwriter 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 Australian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a singer of Rick Springfield's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 63% still think false Rick Springfield death rumors are funny.

Rick Springfield Death Hoax Dismissed Since Singer Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Friday (August 07) the singer's reps officially confirmed that Rick Springfield 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.

© 2020 MediaMass All rights reserved. Do not reproduce (even with permission).

Rick Springfield: Recent News

 

page served in 0.052s (1,3)