News of comedian Tim Vine’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 comedian best known for his role on the television series Not Going Out is alive and well.
UPDATE 07/05/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Tim Vine death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the comedian’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Tim Vine’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the English comedian’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (May 05, 2021), our beloved comedian Tim Vine passed away. Tim Vine was born on May 4, 1967 in London. 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 54-year-old comedian, author, actor and television host 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 English network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a comedian of Tim Vine's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (86%) of respondents think those Tim Vine death rumors are not funny anymore.
Tim Vine Death Hoax Dismissed Since Comedian Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Thursday (May 06) the comedian's reps officially confirmed that Tim Vine 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 comedian. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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