News of sailor Stève Ravussin’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the 51-year-old sailor is alive and well.
UPDATE 24/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Stève Ravussin death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the sailor’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Stève Ravussin’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Swiss sailor’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (September 22, 2020), our beloved sailor Stève Ravussin passed away. Stève Ravussin was born on December 23, 1968 in Épalinges. 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 sailor 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 Swiss network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a sailor of Stève Ravussin's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (95%) of respondents think those Stève Ravussin death rumors are not funny anymore.
Stève Ravussin Death Hoax Dismissed Since Sailor Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (September 23) the sailor's reps officially confirmed that Stève Ravussin 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 sailor. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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