News of basketball player Scottie Pippen’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the June 2018 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 52-year-old basketball player is alive and well.
UPDATE 22/06/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Scottie Pippen death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the basketball player’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Scottie Pippen’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American basketball player’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (June 20, 2018), our beloved basketball player Scottie Pippen passed away. Scottie Pippen was born on September 25, 1965 in Hamburg. 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 52-year-old basketball player 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 basketball player of Scottie Pippen's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (71%) of respondents think those Scottie Pippen death rumors are not funny anymore.
Scottie Pippen Death Hoax Dismissed Since Basketball player Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Thursday (June 21) the basketball player's reps officially confirmed that Scottie Pippen 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 basketball player. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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