Robert Plant is not dead, but a report of the Led Zeppelin singer’s death still fooled countless fans into thinking he had taken the Stairway to Heaven.
In the last week, a Facebook page began circulating claiming that Plant was found dead on Friday, the IB Times reported. The page, titled RIP Robert Plant, included more fake details about his alleged death.
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (September 25, 2015), our beloved singer Robert Plant passed away. Robert Plant was born on August 20, 1948 in West Bromwich. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
Though it was apparent to many that the report was bogus, the hoax fooled many fans into thinking that Robert Plant was actually dead, and many even shared condolences on Facebook and Twitter.
— Miss Green (@missgreenbird16) September 27, 2015
This is far from the first celebrity death hoax to hit the internet in recent months. A number of similar reports have flooded the web, many of them from sites designed specifically to spread fake news across the internet. Just within the past few weeks there have been reports that notorious criminal Charles Manson killed himself in prison and another claiming that Arnold Schwarzenegger was found dead.
The Schwarzenegger report came from a site called MSMBC.co, which was designed to look like the legitimate news site MSNBC.
The report claimed (via Snopes) that Arnold was found dead. All typos were retained.
“Arnold Schwarzenegger was found dead at his Las Angeles [sic], California home. Schwarzenegger was 68 years old.”
“Police responded to the L.A. home after receiving a 911 emergency call for a ‘unresponsive male’. Upon entering the residence, police found Schwarzenegger’s deceased body in his bed.”
“‘We found Mr. Schwarzenegger in his bedroom deceased around 9:30 pm on Wednesday,’ said Las Angeles Police Chief James J. Freda [sic] in a brief statement to Local 4 CBS News [sic]. ‘We found no reason to believe foul play was a factor in his death but intent [sic] to perform a full investigation.'”
Not only is Robert Plant not dead, but he’s still making waves on the music scene. Late last year, there was a story that Plant turned down what would been an $800 million offer to reunite with Led Zeppelin. But as the UK’s Guardian noted, that was also a hoax.
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