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Top 5 athlete death hoaxes by social media (UPDATED)

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Internet and social media is the best way to make someone fall into something. People nowadays believe anything they see on the internet and make their conclusions based on that. May it be a story, a quote by a famous person, or death news. Not only celebrities, VIPs, renowned authors and movie stars…but athletes are also the target of some viral hoax nowadays. These death hoaxes by social media made many of the fans believe it, but later intervention of reliable news sites busted these fake news.

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Here is the list of most viral Death Hoaxes by Social Media or as we call it, the 5 sports celebrities who were brutally murdered by the INTERNET

Top 5 athlete death hoaxes by social media

Michel Schumacher

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The headline read:

Michael Schumacher Death Hoax: Formula One Champion Reportedly Declared ‘Brain Dead’

After a terrible accident in December of the year 2013, this celebrity sport star was reported brain dead in a social media hoax. He was yet another athlete to be the target of death hoaxes by social media.

Reports say that, even though his manager clarified that he is alive and well… the news reporters went ahead and posted it online making it a huge ,fake ,viral thing on the social media that left the fans awestruck and surprised .this was a dumb publicity stunt on twitter that spread like a wildfire .

Later the reports dismissed all the confusions that he is dead. Soon the news was spread to people that this celebrity sport star is   alright and very much alive.

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Michael Jordan

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This huge celebrity athlete was the target of death hoaxes by social media recently. According to a popular magazine, “At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (November 02, 2015), our beloved basketball player Michael Jordan passed away. Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963 in New York. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”

Evidently this was nothing but a publicity stunt to get mere likes and comments and more attention to the Facebook page that was created just because of this .The report was taken down and was concluded as fake and nothing but a cheap trick to grab the attention of the people.

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John Cena

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This professional American wrestler is the most popular sport celebrity to be the target of death hoaxes by social media. It is not big surprise that there have been life threatening disasters in his career but nevertheless, he was not dead. Once in 2012, and again in 2015. This sport star suffered his murder by the internet. Millions of fans were devastated by this news and the news went viral very quickly.  News flashes showed that this former WWE player passed away in a car accident. But later the authorities confirmed that all of this was fake and the news was taken down. Many say that he was targeted because he has millions of fans worldwide as he not only is an athlete but is a musician, actor and movie celebrity.

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Floyd Mayweather

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We all know the controversies this athlete is related to. Regardless of all the other fake news that is published about this athlete, a fake news article read ‘’Los Angeles, CA. – This afternoon the historic and polemic fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. [died] at the medical center Cedars Sinai of a cocaine overdose. Floyd Mayweather was found in his residence in Malibu by one of the members of the cleaning team this morning. According to the man who reported this to the authorities, Floyd was found unconscious on one of the sofas – his body was covered with large amounts of cocaine and many bottles of liquor. The employee immediately reported this to the police.’’

There are many celebrity death hoaxes by social media, but this one was very believable and hard to ignore .The main reason of this death hoax may have been the rage of his fans after the publication of his drug and alcohol abuse story. And the main reason of death in these reports said the same. Primarily the report said that this former athlete was dead because of gambling, cocaine abuse which might have sounded true to all of the people because there was already enough evidence that supported this fact. The liquor addiction made the story more believable and this is the main reason why this fake news went viral.

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death hoaxes by social media

Yes. This soccer legend was also the target of death hoaxes by social media .not by any social media website but by CNN. In March 2014, the morning show featured a report that this former Brazilian sport legend was a dead.

This was apparently removed and this mistake was apologized for later when the hoax was dismissed by the soccer legend himself as he was ‘’ alive and very well’’.

Make a research, maybe you still can find some of the false stories luring around the corner. But most of all, do not believe everything this social media websites say because social media is made of common people and common people say anything they want people to hear.


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