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ON Thursday, September 23, 2022, the death of the world acclaimed singer, Lionel Richie spread on the Internet like a wildfire.
But after many hours fans wrote their condolences, the truth emerged that the popular singer is alive, hale and hearty.
Lionel Richie is the latest celeb to fall victim to a death hoax.
News of singer Lionel Richie’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world.
However the September 2022 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the singer best known for hit songs like Endless Love, Three Times a Lady or Easy is alive and well.
Lionel Richie death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Lionel Richie’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American singer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (September 22, 2022), our beloved singer Lionel Richie passed away. Lionel Richie was born on June 20, 1949 in Tuskegee. 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 73-year-old singer 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 American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a singer of Lionel Richie’s stature would be major news across networks.