Did Melanie Laurent Just Die Suddenly?!

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Did Inglourious Basterds star Melanie Laurent just die suddenly at the age of 40?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : Melanie Laurent Just Died Suddenly At 40 Years Old!

A website called MediaMass in claiming that people were just fooled into believing that the beautiful French actress and Inglourious Basterds star Melanie Laurent just died suddenly at the age of 40!

Rumors of the actress’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Mélanie Laurent’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the French actress’s passing:

“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (March 24, 2023), our beloved actress Mélanie Laurent passed away. Mélanie Laurent was born on February 21, 1983 in Paris. She 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 40-year-old actress, director and singer was dead.

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Did Melanie Laurent Just Die Suddenly?!


Truth : There Was No Melanie Laurent Death Hoax!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated to generate income from page video views and advertising, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : No Legitimate Media Outlet Reported Her Death / Hoax

Celebrity death hoaxes are a dime a dozen, because it’s an easy way for unscrupulous websites to generate page views and advertising money.

That has led legitimate media to publish fact checks countering those fake claims of celebrities dying in car accidents and other causes of death,

In Melanie Laurent’s case, no legitimate media – in France, or anywhere else in the world, reported on her death, or even fake claims of her sudden and unexpected death. That’s because none of that ever happened.

Fact #2 : No Social Media Buzz On Melanie Laurent’s Death

Some may think that Melanie Laurent is French, or she’s not a big enough star to warrant media attention. That’s nonsense, of course, but guess what – there is no social media buzz on her death as well!

Whether on Twitter, Facebook, TikTok or Instagram, no one is wishing her family condolences or commiserating over her early and unexpected death.

Heck, even antivaxxers who seem to always claim that all deaths are caused by the vaccine did not claim that Melanie Laurent just died suddenly from the COVID-19 vaccine.

That’s because no one – except perhaps Mediamass, claimed that there are rumours that Melanie Laurent just died suddenly at the age of 40!

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Did Melanie Laurent Just Die Suddenly?!

Fact #3 : Melanie Laurent Death Hoax Is A Fake Fact Check

This Melanie Laurent death hoax is, ironically, just another fake fact check article by MediaMass Project.

News of actress Mélanie Laurent’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the March 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the actress best known for her role in Inglourious Basterds is alive and well.

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 French network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actress of Mélanie Laurent’s stature would be major news across networks.

On Saturday (March 25) the actress’ reps officially confirmed that Mélanie Laurent is not dead. “She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She’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 actress. Others say this shows her extreme popularity across the globe.

Their claim of a viral R.I.P. Mélanie Laurent Facebook page is false. There is no such Facebook page. It is their standard fake fact check spiel for fake celebrity deaths.

The statement from Melanie Laurent’s unnamed rep confirming that she is not dead is exactly the same as statements from other celebrities whose reps MediaMass claimed were victims of death hoaxes, like Justin Bieber and Tom Hanks.

Hidden in the description page for the MediaMass Project is a disclaimer that they are a “satire” website. That’s the usual “cover” for websites peddling fake news.

Regardless of their reasons, anything posted by MediaMass.net must be considered as fake news, until proven otherwise.

Fact #4 : This Is Just Fake Celebrity News

This is yet another example of fake celebrity news created to generate page views and money through advertising, just like these examples:

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