News of singer Weird Al Yankovic’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2022 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the singer best known for hit songs like Fat or Eat It is alive and well.
UPDATE 17/05/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Weird Al Yankovic death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Weird Al Yankovic’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American singer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (May 15, 2022), our beloved singer Weird Al Yankovic passed away. Weird Al Yankovic was born on October 23, 1959 in Downey. 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 62-year-old singer and songwriter 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 singer of Weird Al Yankovic's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (73%) of respondents think those Weird Al Yankovic death rumors are not funny anymore.
Weird Al Yankovic Death Hoax Dismissed Since Singer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Monday (May 16) the singer's reps officially confirmed that Weird Al Yankovic 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 singer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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