News of actor George Hamilton’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world.
However the April 2018 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. George Hamilton’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’.
Where as some trusting fans believed the post, others were immediately skeptical of the report, perhaps learning their lesson from the huge amount of fake death reports emerging about celebrities over recent months.
Some pointed out that the news had not been carried on any major American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actor of George Hamilton's stature would be major news across networks.
“So many people would flip but if the couple at some point announced they were engaged I’d be happy,” tweeted one fan. On Sunday, George Hamilton’s rep said “no comment” when asked whether the 78-year-old actor was tying the knot.
There is a picture hanging in George Hamilton's apartment on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The subject of the picture has been painted against a brooding black sky, with his back to a churning sea below.
He's wearing a long trench coat with the collar turned up and has one foot forward as if he's about to step out of the frame.
Yet, at the same time, that upward curl of the mouth, that private smile, suggests that he doesn't actually take himself seriously at all. Throughout his life – he will be 70 in August – Hamilton has had a keen eye for the absurd, and for the grotesque.
During our conversation, he recalls how, back in 1977, he was invited by his good friend Colonel Tom Parker to see the recently deceased Elvis Presley lying in his coffin.