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News of dancer Benjamin Millepied’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the July 2022 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the dancer is alive and well.
UPDATE 2022-07-01 : This story seems to be false.
Benjamin Millepied death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the dancer’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Benjamin Millepied’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French dancer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday, (June 27, 2022), our beloved dancer Benjamin Millepied passed away. Benjamin Millepied was born on 1977-06-10 in Bordeaux. 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 45-year-old dancer 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 dancer of Benjamin Millepied'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 Benjamin Millepied death rumors are not funny anymore.
Benjamin Millepied Death Hoax Dismissed Since dancer Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Thursday, (June 30, 2022) the dancer's reps officially confirmed that Benjamin Millepied 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 dancer. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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