Celebrity death hoax stories are common. With Michael Schumacher quietly recovering from his accident, though, it seems the seven-time world champion keeps becoming the target of such stories online.
As recent as last month, one tweet simply reads, “#rip #MichaelSchumacher.” Fans, however, weren’t quick to believe the statement. For starters, it has been happening a bit too often as of late. It also doesn’t help that Schumacher’s camp has kept mum about his condition and would only give updates about his recovery from time to time.
According to a report from the Daily Star, Schumacher was the target of another death rumor when it was reported that he died back in February. A number of fans were stunned, taking to the Twitterverse to pay their respects to the Formula 1 legend. And to make the news more genuine, someone had even taken the time to create a fake Sky News twitter account in order to “confirm” the story.
Making the mood grimmer for Schumacher fans is a rumored story reported recently saying that the German’s health is deteriorating. According to Sportsrageous, Schumacher’s neurosurgeon has reportedly claimed that only a “miracle” can improve the ex Ferrari driver’s condition now.
Earlier this month, Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, had appeared in a special exhibition in Marburg, Germany dedicated to the seven-time Formula 1 champion. Giving an update on Schumacher’s condition, she said, “We must accept it and hope with everything we have that with continued support and patience he will one day be back with us.”
Schumacher was vacationing in the French Alps in December 2013 when he got into a serious skiing accident. He was initially placed in a medically-induced coma before finally regaining consciousness and returning home to continue with his recovery last year.
Today, fans and fellow drivers urge Schumacher to return to form with a simple message: “Keep fighting Michael.”