News of actress Xu Jinglei’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the actress best known for her roles in Go Lala Go! or The Warlords is alive and well.
UPDATE 13/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Xu Jinglei death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the actress’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Xu Jinglei’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Chinese actress’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (August 11, 2020), our beloved actress Xu Jinglei passed away. Xu Jinglei was born on April 16, 1974 in Beijing. She 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 46-year-old actress 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 Chinese network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actress of Xu Jinglei's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (88%) of respondents think those Xu Jinglei death rumors are not funny anymore.
Xu Jinglei Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actress Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (August 12) the actress' reps officially confirmed that Xu Jinglei is not dead. “She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She'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 actress. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
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