Did Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees just die suddenly, with his family mysteriously hiding his cause of death?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Updated @ 2023-10-06 : Updated with new information.
Updated @ 2023-08-21 : Added fact check video
Originally posted @ 2023-08-19
Claim : Barry Gibb Of The Bee Gees Just Died Suddenly!
A number of YouTube channels are claiming that Barry Gibb of the legendary Bee Gees just died suddenly under mysterious / unknown circumstances.
Devastating News: Barry Gibb, Music Icon, Passes Away, Just 5 Minutes Ago!
10 Minutes Ago? Barry Gibb († 76) is dead – cause of death is hidden!
5 minutes ago! Sad news for singer Barry Gibb, family in mourning
10 minutes ago / Family reported the sad news of musician Barry Gibb / Farewell with tears
1 hour ago! Barry Gibb passed away at the age of 76… Fans cried loudly.
2 hours ago / Barry Gibb’s family announced / Barry Gibb has passed away forever.
R.I.P Barry Gibb has passed away at the age of 76, the funeral took place in 3 days.
Barry Gibb has passed away after many years of pain, goodbye Barry Gibb, we will miss you so much!
Sad News! Singer Barry Gibb Is Pass Away Expected Soon Family Prepare To Say Goodbye
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Truth : Barry Gibb Did Not Just Die Suddenly!
This is yet another example of celebrity FAKE NEWS reated and propagated by people to generate income from page views and YouTube advertising, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : No Legitimate Media Outlet Reported His Death
These YouTube videos have been circulating for weeks and months, but people don’t seem to notice that no legitimate media has reported Barry Gibb’s death.
Barry Gibb is more than just an international celebrity, he is a living legend. Even if he only tripped in public and grazed his shin, it would have been breathlessly reported on by the celebrity blogs, if not the mainstream media.
No legitimate media outlet reported that Barry Gibb was sick or hospitalised, never mind mysteriously dying suddenly. That’s because it never happened!
Fact #2 : Barry Gibb Is Still Alive + Well!
Sir Barry Alan Crompton Gibb (born 1 September 1946) is very much alive, as of Sunday, 13 August 2023.
Happy Sunday everyone! This is Stephen Gibb (Barry’s son). I am posting on his behalf today as It seems there are several profiles pretending to be Dad on Facebook and other social media platforms. Please report and block these scam artists to the platform. This is the only official account for Barry Gibb on Facebook. I hope this bring some clarity to things. All the best!- Stephen
Barry Gibb himself posted a photo of himself at his 2017 concert on June 24, 2023, after thanking the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for selecting to honour him for lifetime artistic achievements this coming Sunday, December 3, 2023.
I am beyond honored to share I am going to be recognized as part of the 46th class of Honorees at the Kennedy Center. #KCHonors
Meet all the Honorees being celebrated in December, and stay tuned for the broadcast on @CBS ➡ tkc.co/Honors The Kennedy Center CBS
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Fact #3 : The Photos Were Edited
I analysed the photos used in these videos, and traced the origin of three examples used in many of these videos.
This photo that purportedly shows Barry Gibb’s funeral procession, was edited from a real photo of the funeral procession for Jade Goody – an English television personality who died of cancer on 22 March 2009.
The photo was taken by Chris Rayburn for the Associated Press on Saturday, 4 April 2009, as her funeral procession passed through Loughton, on the way to St. John the Baptist Church in Buckhurst Hill, England.
If you look carefully at the original photo on the right, you can see pink balloons spelling out “Jade From Bermondsey“. Jade Goody was born on 5 June 1981 in Bermondsey, London.
The fake news creator cropped that out, and added a super-large photo of Barry Gibb to the top of the hearse, to trick you.
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The photo which is being used to show Barry Gibb’s funeral is actually a screenshot from the Women and Death episode from the TV drama, Desperate Housewives, which aired on Sunday, March 18, 2012.
The “photo” shows Susan Mayer (played by Teri Hatcher) crying over the coffin of Mike Delfino (played by James Denton).
It certainly does NOT show Teri Hatcher crying over Barry Gibb’s funeral, that’s for sure!
This photo does not show the Barry Gibb’s coffin being carried during his funeral. It was actually edited from a photo of the John Gotti funeral, taken outside the Papavero Funeral Home by Chet Gordon of TopFoto.
Mob boss John Gotti was laid to rest on June 15, 2002, after dying of cancer in a federal prison hospital in Missouri. Obviously, that was not Barry Gibbs’s funeral because he was very much still alive in 2002!
The fake news creator just added a large photo of Barry Gibb to trick you into thinking that it was his funeral.
Fact #4 : Barry Gibb Death Hoax Is Driven By Fake Fact Check Too
This Barry Gibb death hoax is, ironically, also being driven by a fake fact check article by the MediaMass Project, which keeps “updating” the dates in their fake fact check article:
News of singer Barry Gibb’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the October 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, Bee Gees singer is alive and well.
Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. Barry Gibb’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the British singer’s passing:
Their claim of a viral R.I.P. Barry Gibb Facebook page is false. There is no such Facebook page. It is their standard fake fact check spiel for fake celebrity deaths.
The statement from Simon Cowell’s unnamed rep confirming that he is not dead is exactly the same as statements from other reps of celebrities MediaMass claimed were victims of death hoaxes, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, Celine Dion, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dolly Parton, Harrison Ford, Justin Bieber, Lionel Messi, Lucy Liu, Madonna, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Pattinson, Simon Cowell, Sylvester Stallone, Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, and Tom Hanks.
He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet.
Hidden in the description page for the MediaMass Project is a disclaimer that they are a “satire” website. That’s the usual “cover” for websites peddling fake news.
Regardless of their reasons, anything posted by MediaMass.net must be considered as fake news, until proven otherwise.
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Fact #6 : This Is Just Fake Celebrity News
This is yet another example of fake celebrity news created to generate page views and money through advertising, just like these examples:
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