“Sergey Bubka dead 2021” : Athlete killed by internet death hoax

Sergey Bubka is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of athlete Sergey Bubka’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 57-year-old athlete is alive and well.

UPDATE 18/05/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Sergey Bubka death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the athlete’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Sergey Bubka’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Ukrainian athlete’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (May 16, 2021), our beloved athlete Sergey Bubka passed away. Sergey Bubka was born on December 4, 1963 in Voroshilovgrad. 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 57-year-old athlete 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 Ukrainian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an athlete of Sergey Bubka's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 57% still think false Sergey Bubka death rumors are funny.

Sergey Bubka Death Hoax Dismissed Since Athlete Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Monday (May 17) the athlete's reps officially confirmed that Sergey Bubka 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 athlete. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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