Brazilian Legend Pelé Dead: Latest Subject of Online Hoax
By Mark Wayne Eubank | March 14, 2014 12:01 AM EST
Brazilian living (Yes, he is alive) legend has been the latest subject of a trending online hoax declaring famous personalities dead.
Brazilian legend Pelé was reported to have died on Tuesday
Chelsea FC Transfer News: Blues’ On-Loan Goalkeeper Dismisses Rumours Linking Him to Real Madrid, Claims It as Ploy to ‘Destabilise’ Current Club
The 73-year-old, whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, was said to have died last Tuesday - March 11, 2014 - via a Facebook page entitled "R.I.P. Pelé," according to Media Mass.
"At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (March 11, 2014), our beloved footballer Pelé passed away. Pelé was born on October 23, 1940 in Três Corações. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page," the said page stated, as cited in Media Mass.
Millions of fans allegedly liked the page and expressed their condolences, as well as grieved for the passing of one of the greatest football players in the world. Some took their thoughts to Twitter, while others doubted the veracity of the statement.
As of report time, the purported account is believed to have been struck down by the administrators of Facebook because of its unwanted effects.
Meanwhile, the representatives of the former Santos man cleared the air by declaring the following day that the latter is very much "alive."
"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 indicated.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Join the Conversation
- Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight Won't Happen As Long As Bob Arum Is Involved, Says Pacquiao's Former Conditioning Coach
- MMA News: Transgender Fighter Fallon Fox Challenges Ronda Rousey, Fires Back on ‘Ignorant’ Comments
- Floyd Mayweather Jr. Points Out Amir Khan's Poor Boxing Record
- WWE News: CM Punk Merchandise Pulled From Stands, Punk Chasing Royalties For WWE 2K15 Inclusion [VIDEO]
- Floyd Mayweather Admits Marcos Maidana’s Power Shot Hurt Him [VIDEO]
- Nexus 6, 8 Release Date is Halloween 2014 as Android L Intro Set for October 16
- Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Better Performing Display and Best Overall Screen
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: Battle of the Samsung Flagship Smartphones
- Apple iPad Air 2, OS X Yosemite Release Date Set For October, While iPad Mini 3 With Retina Headed For 2015 Release
- Moto G 2014 v Asus Zenfone 5 – Specification Comparison Shows Zenfone 5 Is A Good Alternative for Moto G
- Android 5.0 L Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 Release in October, Google Employees Offer Hint
- Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6: Performance, Sales, iOS 8 and Android 5.0 L