News of actor Tyler Perry’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the April 2022 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the actor best known for the movie Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor is alive and well.
Tyler Perry death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Tyler Perry’ 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 Saturday (April 02, 2022), our beloved actor Tyler Perry passed away. Tyler Perry was born on September 13, 1969 in New Orleans. 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 52-year-old actor, director, screenwriter, producer, author and songwriter 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 an actor of Tyler Perry’s stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (57%) of respondents think those Tyler Perry death rumors are not funny anymore.
Tyler Perry Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Sunday (April 03) the actor’s reps officially confirmed that Tyler Perry is not dead. “He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said.
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.