News of singer Ruben Studdard’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the October 2019 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the winner of American Idol 2003 is alive and well.
UPDATE 23/10/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Ruben Studdard death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Ruben Studdard’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American singer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (October 21, 2019), our beloved singer Ruben Studdard passed away. Ruben Studdard was born on September 12, 1978 in Frankfurt am Main. 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 41-year-old singer 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 singer of Ruben Studdard's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (80%) of respondents think those Ruben Studdard death rumors are not funny anymore.
Ruben Studdard Death Hoax Dismissed Since Singer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Tuesday (October 22) the singer's reps officially confirmed that Ruben Studdard 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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