News of artist Yoko Ono’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the December 2017 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the John Lennon's widow is alive and well.
UPDATE 14/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Yoko Ono death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the artist’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Yoko Ono’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Japanese artist’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (December 12, 2017), our beloved artist Yoko Ono passed away. Yoko Ono was born on February 18, 1933 in Tokyo. 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 84-year-old artist 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 Japanese network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an artist of Yoko Ono's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (87%) of respondents think those Yoko Ono death rumors are not funny anymore.
Yoko Ono Death Hoax Dismissed Since Artist Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (December 13) the artist's reps officially confirmed that Yoko Ono 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 artist. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.
© 2017 MediaMass All rights reserved. Do not reproduce (even with permission).
Yoko Ono: Recent News