Here we go again.
Another celebrity has been “victimised” by the Internet as Cesar Millan aka the Dog Whisperer is reported to have died of heart attack on December 3rd. The news about his death sent shockwaves across the Internet and many were devastated upon hearing the news. Although the news has been shared by millions of people on various social media sites, a single search about his death on the Internet has shown that the news about his death is just a hoax.
That’s right, everyone. Cesar Millan is still very much alive and is probably still spending time with his dog right now!
The 45-year-old dog trainer is best known for his television series “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” that was broadcasted in more than 80 countries worldwide from 2004 to 2012. Before he was widely known as the Dog Whisperer, he was a self-taught dog trainer who founded the Dog Psychology Centre in South Los Angeles (now moved to Santa Clarita, California). Through the TV series, he taught dogs owners on how to train their dogs and provided some special tips on dog rehabilitation.
As he is well-loved by dog lovers, many of them were devastated over reports of his death. The news was originally reported by Unam Noticias, which was made further believable when his wife allegedly “gave” a statement about his death:
I hope you can understand my loss, and I would appreciate if you can give us our space for our mourning.
The site further stated that his body will be buried next to his grandfather in Mazatlan, Sinaloa.
Many of his loyal fans and followers expressed their disbelief and shock, and praised him for all the good deeds he has done for the public. However, Cesar Millan made a “shocking return” from his alleged death as he updated his Facebook page to debunk the news.
By posting a picture of his dog, he said:
Reports of my Pack Leader’s untimely demise are greatly exaggerated. I can happily report he is safe, happy and healthy. I can also tell you he kept me up all night snoring, my breakfast was a little late but I did get a great morning walk. As Cesar keeps telling me: Exercise. Discipline. Affection. – the key to a long, balanced, and healthy life!
This isn’t the first time a celebrity has been victimised by death hoaxes as Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, “Home Alone” child star Macaulay Culkin, and actress Betty White were previously reported to have died of a certain tragedy or sickness as well. Malaysian actor Aaron Aziz was once a death hoax victim as he was falsely reported to have died in a skiing accident in Switzerland. All of the celebrities have, of course, confirmed that the reports about their deaths are untrue.
Sometimes it’s hard to point out that which news portal is reporting fake news, but it is important for Internet users to keep an eye out for the current issues and check the sources before sharing the information. Death hoaxes are not funny, anyway.