News of actor Brad Pitt’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world, reports Mediamass. However the September 2016 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the actor best known for his roles in Ocean's Eleven, Snatch, Fight Club,Legends of the Fall or A River Runs Through It is alive and well.
Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Brad Pitt’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American actor’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (September 26, 2016), our beloved actor Brad Pitt passed away. Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee. 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 52-year-old actor and producer 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 an actor of Brad Pitt's stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (91%) of respondents think those Brad Pitt death rumors are not funny anymore.
On Tuesday (September 27, 2016) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Brad Pitt 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 actor. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.