News of director Tim Burton’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the March 2019 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the director best known for Alice in Wonderland, Ed Wood, Batman or Beetlejuice is alive and well.
UPDATE 24/03/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Tim Burton death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the director’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Tim Burton’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American director’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (March 22, 2019), our beloved director Tim Burton passed away. Tim Burton was born on August 25, 1958 in Burbank. 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 60-year-old director, screenwriter and producer 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 director of Tim Burton'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 Tim Burton death rumors are not funny anymore.
Tim Burton Death Hoax Dismissed Since Director Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Saturday (March 23) the director's reps officially confirmed that Tim Burton 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 director. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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