Rob Ford is dead. At least that's what social media is saying. However the Toronto Mayor didn't die. He's just the victim of an Internet death hoax.
Rumors started swirling this week that the controversial politician died. Several tweets started spreading around Twitter on Monday saying that he died in various ways. One tweet says "BREAKING: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford found dead of apparent drug overdose via @TMZ" and another confirms it saying "BREAKING: @tmz confirms the death of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford if apparent drug overdose. "Details go follow This would make sense as the mayor recently admitted to smoking crack cocaine, so a drug overdose wouldn't be so shocking. Another tweets says "@gIobeandrnail: Rob Ford has died suddenly of a heart attack at age 44. #RIPRobFord" TMZ and Globe and Nail never posted such tweets about the death because it isn't true.
Neither report is true. Rob Ford is just fine despite what some people may be hoping. A true story that Globe and Nail reported is that the mayor was heavily booed at a Remembrance Day ceremony on Monday morning. It was the mayor's first public address since admitting to smoking crack cocaine last week and people let him know he wasn't happy with them.
People's anger may have been the reason the fake death reports started or it may have just been a cruel joke.
Despite being nothing but a hoax, some people took to Twitter to question and mourn the death of the mayor. Some examples of tweets include:
"Poor rob ford died. #riprobford"
"Rob Ford has died suddenly of a heart attack at age 44. #RIPRobFord"???"
"omg Jen did u hear? ROB FORD died of a heart attack"
"So rob ford died"
Ford is just fine and he plans to stay in office despite his drug use admission.