Linda Robson is the latest celebrity to fall victim to a death hoax, but her reaction was memorable.
The Loose Women star awoke this morning to find that her death had been misreported, with a spoof social media post going viral.
Having now been viewed over 380,000 times, the original poster said they ‘cannot believe it’ and that they were ‘absolutely shocked’ to hear of Linda’s rumoured ‘death’.
‘She was only on Loose Women last week,’ they penned alongside a black and white photo of her.
Many others accepted the tweet as gospel, with condolences flooding in for Linda, 65, who followers thought was dead… oops.
While a death hoax is hardly anything to chuckle about, Linda did have the final laugh.
In reaction, the actress took to Instagram and posted a humorous video of herself laying on the sofa, arms folded across her chest, then ‘rising from the dead’ and opening her eyes while the main theme from Psycho played in the background.
Before the camera cut, she erupted into a smile, demonstrating she’s not upset by the unexpected media exposure.
She wrote in her caption: ‘Woke up to lots of messages and calls, apparently there has been a rumour I had passed away going around.
‘You won’t get rid of me that easy! ’
Linda’s admirers and celebrity friends found the humour in it, with Julia Bradbury reacting with a sobbing laughing emoji.
Absolutely shocked about Linda Robson. I cannot believe it !!?? Grew up watching Birds Of A Feather, she would’ve turned 70 next March. She was only on Loose Women last week pic.twitter.com/w78fiXVeAU
— Shirley Carter’s Festive Pussy (@shirlpuzz) December 17, 2023
‘Phew! Love seeing you darling friend ’, commented Vanessa Feltz.
‘Glad you’re still alive and kicking, Linda! ’, joked a user named Shelley Ridler.
Annalisa James added: ‘Glad it’s just a rumour! ’
Fans will also be relieved to see that a community message has been added to the original tweet announcing Linda’s ‘death’.
It reads: ‘Linda Robson will turn 66 in March. She is still alive.
‘This account frequently spreads false death reports for various celebrities.’
Indeed, the account has disseminated death reports regarding Janet Street-Porter and, most notably, Denise Welch in the past.
Linda’s fellow Loose Woman was recently at the focus of a weird hoax when it was reported that she had died after being run over.
And not by a car, but by the mobility scooter of Big Brother star Kerry Riches, piloted by housemate Farida Khalifa.
What a tale.
Clarifying that she was not deceased and that a state funeral was not happening, the Coronation Street alum tweeted ahead of an episode of I’m A Celebrity: ‘I’m alive and well and about to watch the jungle. Thanks for your concern.’
It’s safe to say that 2023 was a wild year for death hoaxes, and not just in the United States.
Someone incorrectly altered Eminem’s Wikipedia page earlier this month, leading supporters to believe he was dead.
His name suddenly grew popular, and his fans were concerned, but everyone was relieved when it was proven to be a terrible joke.
Lil Tay, on the other hand, is unquestionably the most renowned death hoax of the year.
Lil Tay, a viral superstar, died at the age of 14 together with her brother.
According to a message on her Instagram profile, the adolescent died in a’sudden and terrible’ death.
However, Lil Tay later published a statement of her own, accusing the announcement of being a hack on her account, resulting in a “traumatising 24 hours.”
Source My Celebrity Life.