In the wake of a recent surge of reports falsely proclaiming celebrities dead, the wife of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is worried. Corinna Schumacher is reportedly unhappy about false stories that are circulating about her husband’s health condition.
The celebrity death hoax phenomenon has been making its rounds of the internet and according to Auto World News, the last thing that Mrs. Schumacher wants is for her husband to become the latest victim. The updates on Michael Schumacher’s condition have been few and far between in the years since his Dec. 2013 ski accident. The Mirror reports that this has led to a clamor for details and a multi-million dollar lawsuit.
The Schumacher family and their legal team were forced to admit that Michael is still unable to walk assisted or otherwise. The lawsuit came after a particular story surfaced from German magazine Bunte. The published story gave unverified details about the seven-time world champion’s progress and ability to walk with assistance. The family was forced to debunk the report and they have sued the magazine for damages.
“Unfortunately, we are forced by a recent press report to clarify that the assertion that Michael could move again is not true,” said Schumacher’s longtime manager, Sabine Kehm. “Such speculation is irresponsible, because given the seriousness of his injuries, his privacy is very important for Michael,” she added.
Kehm also pointed out the risk of giving his friends and supporters any false hopes. On the other side of the coin, a death hoax and any negative news could also have an adverse effect to those who genuinely care about the racer’s condition.
In recent months, celebrities like Jaden Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Kanye West and even US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have been the victims of a death hoax. The false reports and speculations have been spreading like wildfire and given the precarious medical condition of Michael Schumacher, he remains a soft target.