“Tom Shadyac dead 2023” : Director killed by internet death hoax

Tom Shadyac is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax

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News of director Tom Shadyac’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the March 2023 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 Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar or Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is alive and well.

UPDATE 23/03/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Tom Shadyac death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the director’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Tom Shadyac’ 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 Tuesday (March 21, 2023), our beloved director Tom Shadyac passed away. Tom Shadyac was born on December 11, 1958 in Falls Church. 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 64-year-old director, screenwriter, producer, comedian and actor 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 Tom Shadyac'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 Shadyac death rumors are not funny anymore.

Tom Shadyac Death Hoax Dismissed Since Director Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Wednesday (March 22) the director's reps officially confirmed that Tom Shadyac 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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