Trending on my twitter this morning was the “RIPRosalind” hashtag. The information given was that a female fan of One Direction died in a car crash. Fans of the group and other concerned citizens used the social media to express sadness and regrets.
Later on, it was alleged that the “supposed” Rosalind and her friends faked the incident in order to garner attention.
Lynn Connolly of the Buzz feed gives more insight to the incident that occurred, she writes:
It began when a message was posted on Twitter to report that One Direction fan Rosalind had been killed in a car crash….
It reads, “I’m sorry to inform you that the owner of this account passed away in a car accident. RIP Rosalind.”
Another post read, “#RipRosalind. Today another member of our family has been taken away.
“Sleep tight @Rosalzjm! She was counting down for OTRA SD.”
On reading the news, big hearted Directioners expressed their upset and passed condolences to the girl’s family.
However, then came tweets about it being fake, with one Twitter user writing, “Awkward when #riprosalind is fake and she’s a catfish.”
An announcement later went out that the topic was fake:
For me, death is a serious affair that no one should joke with. So many people are on their death beds praying against death and someone is using it to gain publicity, that’s simply ridiculous.
If indeed it is true, then #RIPRosalind, but if not, then people should know when a joke is too expensive.