“Robert Trujillo dead 2023” : Metallica bassist killed by internet death hoax
- By Jessica Simpson
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News of musician Robert Trujillo’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, Metallica bassist is alive and well.
UPDATE 01/06/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Robert Trujillo death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the musician’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Robert Trujillo’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American musician’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (May 30, 2023), our beloved musician Robert Trujillo passed away. Robert Trujillo was born on October 23, 1964 in Santa Monica. 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 58-year-old musician 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 American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a musician of Robert Trujillo'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 Robert Trujillo death rumors are not funny anymore.
Robert Trujillo Death Hoax Dismissed Since Musician Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (May 31) the musician's reps officially confirmed that Robert Trujillo 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 musician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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