Beloved actress and singer Cher died earlier this week, claimed a social media page that instantly went viral. However, the sultry 70-year-old performer is still very much alive, confirmed her official representatives, adding the actress is in good health. However, some media reports couldn’t let the singer live in peace, instead insisting that the aging Cher is dying and planning for her eventual demise. Even though such reports were never confirmed, it’s also a fact that a virus she contracted in the 80s could potentially give Cher cancer.
What is the truth? Is Cher dying? We do know for a fact that Cher is the latest celebrity who was killed off by the internet as part of a hoax perpetrated by a Facebook page. Simply entitled “R.I.P Cher,” the Facebook page appeared legitimate but was later confirmed to be part of an elaborate hoax that was then perpetuated further by infamous celebrity death hoax site Media Mass.
The page’s description didn’t offer any detail about the cause of Cher’s death and was quite brief.
At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (September 11, 2016), our beloved actress Cher passed away. Cher was born on May 20, 1946 in El Centro. She will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
Despite the brevity of the description, the page quickly went viral and attracted nearly one million “likes.” Thousands of bereaved fans began posting messages of condolences and expressed grief about the passing of a star. Most of the comments expressed sadness that the multi-talented and versatile performer, who was as great a singer as she was an actor, had died.
While the majority of Cher’s fans appeared to have blindly believed the hoax about her passing, there were hundreds of comments that expressed skepticism. Perhaps bitten by the numerous death hoaxes that had recently floated online, hundreds of Cher’s fans refused to believe she was dead. However, their comments merely pushed the page’s visibility even higher and further, fueling Cher’s death hoax.
Interestingly, after Facebook’s page had gone viral, micro-blogging social media platform Twitter became abuzz with the death hoax. Re-tweeting the false news merely exacerbated the situation.