Alfonso Ribeiro from the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" recently had his fake death news circulated all over the internet. He was reported dead by a Facebook page. The Facebook page called "R.I.P. Alfonso Ribeiro" surfaced on Thursday, and by Saturday it had gotten a lot of traffic. His fans got worried and started postingmessages in his remembrance.
Thankfully, Alfonso Ribeiro is alive. He was only out of the town on Thursday, after the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. He also tweeted, so his fans could be certain that he hadn't passed away.
Ribeiro tweeted, "I guess FB has a page saying I died. I wonder what people are gonna say at my funeral???" ponders the actor, later telling pal Joey fatone that he would make sure to inform him if he actually dies. "I'm gonna make sure I let you know first. Lol."
It was good that he used the same medium (social media) to respond to all curious fans that he hadn’t died.
Ribeiro’s name has been added to the list of celebrities whose fake death news has worried fans and the entertainment world. Social media plays a pivotal role in promoting fake death news. Eddie Murphy andhave also been subjected to it lately. Freeman was also recently reported as dead by a Facebook page set up to report his (fake) death.
When fans read about Alfonso Ribeiro, they even used Yahoo Answers to find out whether the reports of his death were true or not. One of the fans posted, "Nope, proceed to do the Carlton," referring to the popular dance Alfonso Ribeiro would always break into during episodes of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air". Riberio was lately seen in a flash mob in Hollywood, California, and looked perfectly alright. Ribeiro is also getting married next month; he was engaged to Angela Unkrich and will be married in October 2012. The couple currently resides in Los Angeles.
Prior to Alfonso and Eddie Murphy’s fake death news, Robert Pattinson,, , , , and numerous other celebrities have faced such rumors and strongly condemned them.