By WO Staff
* In pain: Neymar, immediately after the injury that ended his
game in the quarter finals. Photo Credit: Neymar.
A death hoax spread quickly after Brazilian star Naymar, was rumored to have died of his back injuries, sustained during their quarterfinal game with Columbia.
Neymar, who suffered a broken back, after Colombian footballer rammed his knee into his lower back, has already been ruled out of the world-cup.
From his sick bed, Neymar has asked his Brazilian team-mates to complete the 'dream' and win the world cup., saying though he will no longer play, he remained in the tournament through his teammates.
But a hoax Facebook page has had millions fooled after a 'believable' account of the star's death was given, attracting over one million 'likes'.
|* Alive: Neymar on his sick bed gives the victory sign.|
Photo Credit: Neymar.
Jessica Simpson of Mediamass said the rumour gained ground after an 'RIP Neymar' message on Facebook described his him as having died at 11am ET, on Saturday, July 5.
The hoax message then urged the fans to 'show their sympathy by commenting and liking the page.'
The hoaxers wrote Naymar 'will be missed but not forgotten'.
Rumours have suffaced that he may play again soon if Brazil gets through the semi's.
In another development, Neymar, born on February 5, 1992 in Say Paulo, Brazil has been named the "sexiest footballer alive".
Eeh..talk of how a tragic situation can turn to an advantage.
The rumour has since been dismissed by Neymar's representative who said he was alive and well, and urged them to 'stop believing what they read on the internet.'
The page appears to have been taken down.