Before you go ahead to think that these celebrities are dead, first understand what “Death Hoax” means. Death Hoax is a false story claiming that a person has died while he/she hasn’t. So this article focuses on celebrities who have fallen victims of such false news.
Death they say is the inevitable and undeniable end and destiny of every human that must be embraced. Even with the admission of this philosophy, the reality and idea of dying is one that no one welcomes. With this said, the situation becomes more uncomforting when one is pronounced to be dead by society when they are much alive and healthy. The feeling of such rumours to the victim must be very unthinkable and traumatizing, we look at Ghanaian Celebrities who were killed by death hoaxes while alive.
Akua Ataa Kyeiwaa as she is mostly referred to is a Ghanaian actress that rose to fame in the early thousands after her breakout movie “Kyeiwaa”. However, the actress certified herself and made her name a household name in the Ghana Movie industry when she acted “Efie Bayie” and “Ataa Bayie”.
She was well known and played roles of witchcraft perfectly. After making it on the movie screens consistently, she became dormant and then the death rumours started. Rumours first were that the actress is very ill awaiting death hence her absence in the movies, then came the death hoax that Akua Ataa Kyeiwaa has finally given up her ghost. This occurred somewhere in the latter part of 2015. In 2016, the actress refuted all such claims saying she’s on vacations enjoying herself abroad. She never returned from the vacation though.
If you are the king of Ghana’s rap music then it should be expected that bloggers and other media entities would want to create stories for their benefits, but these bloggers went far when they started a rumour of Sarkodie’s death in the year 2013. The then 2012 BET best international award winner was rumoured to be have been involved in a motor accident on the Kintampo road, in the Brong Ahafo region and had lost his life. As expected, the issue became a trending topic on social media until the business manager of Sarkodie, Sammy Forson released a statement on Twitter that Sarkodie is doing fine and in good shape.
To clarify matters more, Sarkodie took to twitter to announce his presence and existence. The rapper referred to the news as “useless news”. The unfortunate development comes few days to the release of Elijah, a Hammer of the Last Two-produced single featuring Obrafour, and off his upcoming Sarkology album. Sarkodie has been a victim of at least two death hoaxes.
After it was rumoured that he had died of chronic disease in the year 2016, Ghanaian football legend, Abedi Pele, came out to publicly deny all reports and news items on some online news platforms that spread the false news. According to the former soccer maestro, he was not sick and doesn’t plan to be anytime soon. His sons; Dede Ayew and Andre Ayew also responded to the rumours by describing them as hoaxes for publicity and traffic to blogs. Although the rumours were that, Abedi Pele has died in his home in Marseille, France, according to Abedi Pele, he has been at his home at East Legon in Accra, and that he is not treating any ailment as suggested.
John Agyekum Kuffour
Even as charismatic former president of Ghana, John Agyekum Kuffour is, he wasn’t spared. The fake news which was spun by one Metronews.com claimed that the NPP firebrand died 45 minutes after an emergency spine surgery at a hospital at Johannesburg. Following the rumours, the spokesperson for the Kuffour family, Frank Agyekum expressed his disappointment about the news and assured Ghanaians of the presence and existence of the former president and his immediate family.
Apraku My Daughter
Before he finally died in 2020, the Ghanaian pastor who rose to fame in the late 1990s and early 2000s was pronounced dead by a section of Ghanaians following his absence from the public space. Although the pastor was then going through some challenges, he was still alive. The rumours compelled the man of God to come out and announce his existence. However, Apraku My Daughter died in May 2020.
Unlike the others before him, Salinko after his death rumours came out to confirm he ‘died’ for four hours and during that period of unconsciousness, he was taken to hades, and was shown some famous faces who perished in Hades. According to him, God gave him a second chance to come and live a better life.
In 2016, Wayoosi was rumoured to have died while seriously sick and on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. Wayoosi’s death hoaxes continued coming for days until he finally recovered.
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