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News of footballer Adrian Peterson’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2022 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the footballer is alive and well.
UPDATE 2022-08-18 : This story seems to be false.
Adrian Peterson death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the footballer’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Adrian Peterson’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American footballer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, (August 14, 2022), our beloved footballer Adrian Peterson passed away. Adrian Peterson was born on 1985-03-21 in Palestine. 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 37-year-old footballer 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 footballer of Adrian Peterson'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 Adrian Peterson death rumors are not funny anymore.
Adrian Peterson Death Hoax Dismissed Since footballer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday, (August 17, 2022) the footballer's reps officially confirmed that Adrian Peterson 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 footballer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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