-March 18, 2017.” It was shared and liked more than 300,000 times.
Website Hoax Alert was quick to dispel the claims and said: “Celebrity death hoaxes are nothing new on the internet yet this one is special in that it managed to be liked/shared over 300,000 times in a short period of time by employing some devious technical tricks.
Maigret (ITV, 9pm) ROWAN Atkinson never saw Rupert Davies' as the famous Parisian detective in the 1960s – "We didn't have a television at home until I was 14," says the Consett-born 61-year-old – and he confesses that he turned down the role initially. I read it, thought about it for three months and then decided I didn't want to do it. Not because I didn't want to do it, but because I wasn't sure I could do it." He changed his mind even though he'd decided that the character of chief Inspector Jules Maigret was fairly bland.
He's just an ordinary guy doing a slightly extraordinary job in a quite unpleasant world," says Atkinson of the Budapest-filmed TV movies.
“The first one is the video player embedded in the site.
At first sight this is just a normal You Tube video from a Fox News broadcast (which is about a death but not about Rowan Atkinson).” Despite debunking the fake reports, fans were quick to pay tribute to the Blackadder and Mr Bean actor on social media.
Another wrote: “I can't believe anyone would make up a hoax story that Rowan Atkinson has died. ” It is not the first time the British star has been the target of hoaxers.
In July 2016 it was falsely reported that he has taken his own life after “battling severe depression”.