“Simon Baker dead 2020” : Actor killed by internet death hoax

Simon Baker is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

News of actor Simon Baker’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 actor best known for his role on the television series The Mentalist is alive and well.

UPDATE 12/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Simon Baker death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Simon Baker’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Australian actor’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (August 10, 2020), our beloved actor Simon Baker passed away. Simon Baker was born on July 30, 1969 in Launceston. 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 51-year-old actor 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 Australian network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actor of Simon Baker's stature would be major news across networks.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (91%) of respondents think those Simon Baker death rumors are not funny anymore.

Simon Baker Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Tuesday (August 11) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Simon Baker 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 actor. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

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