“Samuel Benchetrit dead 2020” : Author killed by internet death hoax

Samuel Benchetrit is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of author Samuel Benchetrit’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 author best known for I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster or Janis and John is alive and well.

UPDATE 14/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Samuel Benchetrit death hoax spreads on Facebook

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

At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (August 12, 2020), our beloved author Samuel Benchetrit passed away. Samuel Benchetrit was born on June 26, 1973 in Champigny-sur-Marne. 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 47-year-old author, actor, screenwriter and director 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 French network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an author of Samuel Benchetrit's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (77%) of respondents think those Samuel Benchetrit death rumors are not funny anymore.

Samuel Benchetrit Death Hoax Dismissed Since Author Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Thursday (August 13) the author's reps officially confirmed that Samuel Benchetrit 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 author. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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