Rumors that Chuck Clark has died are taking over Twitter after tributes to a late Baltimore Ravens fan unintentionally sparked a death hoax.
Charles “Chuck” Clark Jr is currently an American football strong safety for the New York Jets, however was first recruited into the NFL by the Baltimore Ravens. Clark was drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Clark’s longstanding history with the Baltimore Ravens caused alarm when their supporters started paying tribute to a man named Chuck.
Chuck Clark’s death rumor spread online
Late on Saturday, May 20 and into the early hours of Sunday morning, Baltimore Ravens fans were alerted that a man named Chuck had passed away.
“An icon,” the official Twitter account of Ravens Nation LIVE wrote alongside a drawing of Chuck. “RIP Chuck. Mental health is real. Prayers for his family tonight.”
Without specifying who this Chuck was, some were led to believe that it was the current Jets’ safety, Chuck Clark.
This was no malicious death hoax, started with the intention of misleading football fans, but just an unfortunate case of confusion. Social media has been a breeding ground for death hoaxes of late. Just this month, we’ve seen billionaire George Soros and Eminem subjected to such false rumors, although both are alive.
Who was Ravens fan Chuck?
The above tweet which sparked the original death hoax was regarding a late Baltimore Ravens fan. The cartoon image illustrated is taken from the fan’s social media profile, suggesting it was a tribute to him and not Chuck Clark Jr.
Ravens fan Chuck was well known amongst supporters. He was often involved in Discord debates as well as building up a large social media following of his own. Part of the Ravens Flock, Chuck had over 12,000 followers on Twitter and 15,000 on Instagram.
On Saturday, May 20, Chuck posted to his Twitter account (PurpleReignEra) a concerning message. “Sorry gang. I hope the Ravens do well but this will be my last tweet from me,” Chuck wrote. “Thanks for all the debates and laughs.”
Chuck also posted a string of Instagram Stories with more concerning posts written about his life.
Ravens say RIP to Chuck
As news of Ravens supporter Chuck’s death breaks, several fans in the community have taken to the internet to pay tribute.
“Make sure you check on your people,” one Ravens supporter tweeted. “You never know what someone’s going through. Praying for the family.”
“If ever you’re feeling lost or you’re in a dark place, remember it’s ok to ask for help and things can get better,” another tweeted before adding that the “Ravens Flock lost one [of its] best today.”
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