News of tennis player Yannick Noah’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the November 2020 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the tennis player best known for his hit song Saga Africa is alive and well.
UPDATE 25/11/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Yannick Noah death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the tennis player’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Yannick Noah’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French tennis player’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (November 23, 2020), our beloved tennis player Yannick Noah passed away. Yannick Noah was born on May 18, 1960 in Sedan. 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 60-year-old tennis player and singer 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 French network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a tennis player of Yannick Noah'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 Yannick Noah death rumors are not funny anymore.
Yannick Noah Death Hoax Dismissed Since Tennis player Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Tuesday (November 24) the tennis player's reps officially confirmed that Yannick Noah 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 tennis player. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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