Acclaimed singer Gladys Knight recently became the latest celebrity to fall victim to an online death hoax.
The Grammy-nominated artist's prolonged absence from social media contributed to the growing concern. However, it seems that she may have just been busy while preparing for an upcoming show.
Gladys Knight's death rumors proved to be fake
Rumors of Gladys Knight's death emerged from a YouTube channel named Allan Radio. The channel posted a video stating that they had received confirmation of Knight's death.
Allan Radio has recently been trending online for spreading death rumors of several other celebrities in the last few hours, including actress Ann-Margret, singer Simon Le Bon, actor Tom Selleck, actress Anne Heche, and many more.
The comments have been turned off for videos posted on the channel, which goes to prove that the news they have been spreading is not true. As the rumors of Knight's death went viral on the internet, people became concerned about her and reacted to the same on social media, even though her representatives did not reveal anything.
Meanwhile, this recent incident goes to show we need to be more vigilant about the source when it comes to news. It is better that we rely on well-known, reputable sources instead of believing rumors spread by such YouTube channels.
Gladys Knight is currently busy with her upcoming show at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden. She will be a special guest on the last tour of The O'Jays, Last Stop On The Love Train. The performance is scheduled for August 12 at 7 PM.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, and Ticketmaster Box Offices at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, and Beacon Theatre.
In brief, about Gladys Knight
Gladys Knight is called the Empress of Soul and gained recognition for her work with The Pips from 1960 to 1980. The group included her brother, Merald "Bubba" Knight, and cousins William Guest and Edward Patten.
Following her work with The Pips, she pursued a solo career and two of her singles topped the Billboard Hot 100. She is a recipient of seven Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
She is also famous for recording the theme song for the James Bond film, Licence to Kill. She made her acting debut in 1976 with the film Pipe Dreams and continued to appear in films like Hollywood Homicide, and I Can Do Bad All by Myself.
The 78-year-old has appeared on TV shows like Benson, New York Undercover, The Jamie Foxx Show, Las Vegas, 30 Rock, and more. She also participated in the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2012.