News of comedian Robert Webb’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the February 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the comedian best known for his role on the television series Peep Show is alive and well.
UPDATE 25/02/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Robert Webb death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the comedian’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Robert Webb’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the British comedian’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (February 23, 2021), our beloved comedian Robert Webb passed away. Robert Webb was born on September 29, 1972 in Boston. 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 48-year-old comedian, actor and author 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 British network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a comedian of Robert Webb's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (68%) of respondents think those Robert Webb death rumors are not funny anymore.
Robert Webb Death Hoax Dismissed Since Comedian Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (February 24) the comedian's reps officially confirmed that Robert Webb 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 comedian. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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