News of footballer Tom Brady’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the October 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the NFL star is alive and well.
UPDATE 30/10/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Tom Brady death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the footballer’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Tom Brady’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American footballer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (October 28, 2020), our beloved footballer Tom Brady passed away. Tom Brady was born on August 3, 1977 in San Mateo. 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 43-year-old footballer 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 footballer of Tom Brady's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (72%) of respondents think those Tom Brady death rumors are not funny anymore.
Tom Brady Death Hoax Dismissed Since Footballer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Thursday (October 29) the footballer's reps officially confirmed that Tom Brady 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 footballer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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