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News of model Yu Wenxia’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 model is alive and well.
UPDATE 2022-08-09 : This story seems to be false.
Yu Wenxia death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the model’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Yu Wenxia’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Chinese model’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday, (August 5, 2022), our beloved model Yu Wenxia passed away. Yu Wenxia was born on 1989-08-06 in Harbin. 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 33-year-old model 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 Chinese network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of model of Yu Wenxia'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 Yu Wenxia death rumors are not funny anymore.
Yu Wenxia Death Hoax Dismissed Since model Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Monday, (August 8, 2022) the model's reps officially confirmed that Yu Wenxia 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 model. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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