Is Elton John alive or dead

"Elton John is dead": Singer victim of Internet death hoax

The fake news about the death of the 74-year-old British singer, which was distributed on Tuesday evening via the news service Twitter, provoked a hitherto unprecedented violent reaction from the media. But don't worry, Elton John is still in excellent health.

Addendum from 05/19/2021: It seems that the rumor is unfounded. (learn more)

Since Tuesday (May 18) a rumor launched on Twitter about the alleged death of Elton John has caused heated reactions on social networks.

Global rumor, the Twitter effect

All kinds of information, true and false, are disseminated on the Twitter network. The most banal as the most terrible. Many personalities have already been victims of false death rumors that are spreading like wildfire on the Internet. Yesterday it was Elton John who was brought underground by a "deadly" tweet.

“Elton John has passed away. RIP. "

It all started with this message: “Elton John has passed away. RIP. ”, Published on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, around 2.15 p.m., on the well-known microblogging site. This rumor immediately starts the machine. An hour later, a second tweet follows: “Elton John dead. The relatives confirm. ”The effect of this message was reinforced by the fact that this second tweet referred to the Necropedia page with a link (the corresponding entry, however, says that Elton John is not dead).

According to reports, the singer's death was "officially denied" by confidants.

The false news is then immediately spread by some radio stations and other media around the world. It took until late Tuesday evening until the actor's spokesman reportedly made a somewhat taciturn statement in which the "death of Elton John was officially denied".

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (89%) of respondents think those Elton John death rumors are not funny anymore.

The fans are reassured. Twitter is a fast information medium, but you have to be more and more vigilant.

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