Ever since WhatsApp became the source of news, this generation has been doomed. TikTok has already gained the reputation of being a digital obituary of undead people.
Every other day, a new famous personality is killed off (fictionally), and people mourn the undead with heaps of messages.
This troll news spread like wildfire, and people don’t bother even to fact-check. Sometimes, the misinformation becomes a trend. It’s also a famous TikTok trend where people play pranks on their families, pretending that their favorite celebrity has died, and then record their reactions.
And now the internet seems to be getting cocky with death hoaxes, as the trolls targeted such a colossal name.
On November 16, 2023, the internet history was marred with the death hoax that Shakira had tragically passed away in an accident. However, this news was quickly debunked when Shakira’s representatives cleared the air that she was not in an accident and was very much alive and well.
Was Shakira In An Accident? Did She Pass Away?
The date was somewhere between November 14 and 15; I lost a few heartbeats when the first thing on my FYP read, “Shakira is dead.”
After reviving myself from momentary death and a simple Google search, it was pretty evident that the minions are back at it again with a death hoax.
Shakira’s representative has cleared the air that the pop star is very much alive and well.
Why Is Shakira’s Death News Trending?
Shakira’s name has been popping in the tabloid circuit ever since her messy breakup with the former Spanish football player Gerard Piqué. Those unversed, apparently Piqué cheated on Shakira with a younger woman (imagine…cheating on Shakira! The audacity).
In the peak retaliation against Piqué, Shakira released diss songs on her former beau, with whom she has two sons. Then, the former footballer clapped back at her by becoming the brand ambassador of Casio.
To give a context: Shakira referenced in her song that he swapped a luxury brand (Shakira) with a lesser brand, Casio (Piqué’s current flame) – That was a whole other scene altogether.
Then, just recently, Vitality Stadium erupted in a customized version of “Waka Waka” as a new Kai Havertz chant. This was the ultimate comeback for Shakira as she replied with “Go Arsenal,” as this is her ex’s rival team.
At the same time, the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer was also involved in a tax fraud scandal, for which she could have been sentenced to a long term.
Overall, Shakira has been in the news throughout the year. Hence, the sudden hoax of her passing was trending across all social media platforms. But as it turns out, these rumors are entirely false, and she is alive and spending quality time with her sons.
What are your thoughts on this case? Do you think such death hoaxes are problematic to the celebrity’s life and loved ones? Let us know in the comments section below.