Musician’s and Death Hoaxes

Over the years many artists and celebrities have fallen victim of death hoaxes. I mean in all fairness why would one fake someone’s death or fake their own death. In this article we will take a look at a couple of reasons of these death hoaxes. What is a death hoax?

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A death hoax refers to unfounded rumors or misreports of someone’s death, usually a celebrity or a famous public figure. These hoaxes spread so viral especially on social media platforms. The ‘death’ of Zimbabwe’s war veteran and prominant singer Cde Chinx at Parirenyatwa hospital was one hoax cooked up recently, later being confirmed that he is alive and kicking. I for one was sadened by the news and for a moment it never dawn to me that it could be a hoax.

The 'death' of Zimbabwe's war veteran and prominant singer Cde Chinx at Parirenyatwa hospital was one hoax cooked up recently, later being confirmed that he is alive and kicking.
The ‘death’ of Zimbabwe’s war veteran and prominant singer Cde Chinx at Parirenyatwa hospital was one hoax cooked up recently, later being confirmed that he is alive and kicking.

 

Who could have spread that rumour? Where did it originate? Our opinions can only remain speculations. In 2012 there was a hoax about the death of singer Cher who sung a hit son Believe stating that she was found dead in her home. Kim Kardashian tweeted this about it “Did I just hear Cher has passed away? Is this real? OMG”.

Cher
Cher

 

This hoaxes seem so real and one can be easily convinced. I’m going to just share a few of my thoughts to some hoaxes I’ve come across over the years. I should make this clear that this is not directed to any victim of these ‘death hoaxes‘ but purely my own opinion to this ‘exercise’. I feel nothing happenes without a source, there is no smoke without a fire. No offence but I’m of the opinion that most hoaxes are staged.

On March 29, 2011, a week and a half after Nate Dogg's death and a few days before April Fools’ Day, a hoax web page designed to look like a TV news site claimed Jackie Chan had died of a heart attack in a Los Angeles hospital as the result of his stressful schedule promoting Kung Fu Panda 2. "RIP Jackie Chan" became one of the most popular tweets that day.
On March 29, 2011, a week and a half after Nate Dogg’s death and a few days before April Fools’ Day, a hoax web page designed to look like a TV news site claimed Jackie Chan had died of a heart attack in a Los Angeles hospital as the result of his stressful schedule promoting Kung Fu Panda 2. “RIP Jackie Chan” became one of the most popular tweets that day.

I’ve come across hoaxes where the victim is owing so much and they fake their death so that the spouse gets insurance money and pay off debts. Ofcourse this is excercised in the more developed nations like America. So in that essence we could conclude that they are people who can stage fake deaths. Some do it for attention.

In October Last Year a Hoax Spread that Chimurenga Legend Thomas Mapfumo was No More
In October Last Year a Hoax Spread that Chimurenga Legend Thomas Mapfumo was No More

Especially in the music industry, this is no difference to some of the topics we touched in our last couple of articles ‘wadrope malfunction’. Imagine how Cher’s death hoax created so much traffic on the internet platforms, even those who didn’t know her were curious to know who she is. For the record I’m not saying Cher faked her death.

Even the Super star has been affected
Even the Super star has been affected

 

On the other hand there are haters everywhere. We can’t rule out the fact that jus for hatred related reasons one can filter death rumours about a particular celebrity. We also can’t deny the fact that these hoaxes are a publicity tool.

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Kudakwashe Chikwanda aka TheFivestarGeneral is the Founder of RokCity Records a registered label in Zimbabwe and Botswana. A musician and music promoter, has worked with a number of established artist from Southern Africa including Martin PK (RSA); Matthews Matsetse (BW); Tebbie aka The Gospel Queen (BW); Dr Tawanda (ZW) among others. His label has worked closely with PK Records (RSA), FreeNation Inc. (Nigeria), Roc Lefatshe (BW). He also studied Music at The Academy of Music in Bulawayo. A staunch supporter of FC Barcelona and Dynamos FC. A devoted Christian, member of Christ Embassy and also a writer at UrbanCulxure Magazine. Follow me on Twitter: @fivestarphd, Instagram: @fivestarphd & Facebook: facebook.com/fivestarphd or Kudakwashe Chikwanda