the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Tuesday after a ‘R.I.P. Morgan Freeman’ 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 Tuesday (September 26, 2017), our beloved actor Morgan Freeman passed away. Morgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis. 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 80-year-old actor was dead. And as usual, .
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 Morgan Freeman’s stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (84%) of respondents think those Morgan Freeman death rumors are not funny anymore.
On Wednesday (September 27) the actor’s reps officially confirmed that Morgan Freeman is dead. “He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized.
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.