July 27 ------ Seasoned singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid has reacted on the fake news saying that he has died. On Sunday, July 26, Ogie shared a screenshot of the said death hoax on his Instagram page, and wrote on the caption, “Pls do not believe this. It is #fakenews i did not want to show the name of the person who posted it but i just want to inform everyone that i am ok. Magmahalan naman po tayo.”
Likewise, his wife, Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid expressed her disappointment towards the said fake report that her husband has passed away. Reposting Ogie’s, she wrote on the caption, “Bakit naman kailangan gumawa ng ganitong balita. Alam namin at tangap na namin na parti na ng aming buhay ang pagusapan kami mahirap pero kasama talaga ito sa trabaho namin. May pamilya po kaming maaaring mag alala kung ito ay mabasa nila. Kaya pakiusap po wag naman. To our families and friends this is a fake news Ogie is home safe and healthy. God bless Po'
Apart from Ogie, other local celebrities have also fallen victim to death hoaxes. Just last week, Ogie’s friend, comedian Michael V. became the target of fake news, just hours after he revealed on his YouTube vlog that he is COVID-19 positive. Other celebrities who had to slam death hoaxes included The Voice of the Philippines coach Bamboo Manalac and artist Gab Valenciano. Meanwhile, both Regine and Ogie are part of the Kapamilya channel’s Sunday variety program ASAP.