Love Island’s Sherif Lanre has fallen victim to a sick death hoax on social media, after an online troll claimed he died in a fire.
Last night, the 20-year-old’s Instagram page was inundated with ‘RIP’ messages, after a social media user claimed that he had passed away.
Their post read: “rip my boy sherif. my man has f***ing died in a house fire After he left the Hot water tap on and spent the last hours of his life suffering horribly. hope his family are ok after this shocking news, rip in peace my bro #blessupmyg.”
The sick troll then told people to tag and follow their account in order to win a free gift card.
They wrote: “if we can all pay our upmost respects by going onto his account @sherif_lanre and commenting how sad we are. (everyone make sure to follow, like and tag your freinds for a gift card giveaway) #loveisland #dead #freeclout.”
After learning about the post, a spokesperson for Sherif confirmed to The Sun that the news of his ‘death’ was just a hoax.
Sherif entered the Love Island villa as an original contestant this year, but the 20-year-old was booted off the show after just nine days.
He was removed from the villa after he accidentally kicked fellow Islander Molly-Mae Hague in the groin during an alleged play fight.
At the time, Sherif said in a statement: “In a case of poor judgement, I broke the villa rules and as a result agreed with the producers that it was best for me to leave the villa.”
“I regret that I didn’t conduct myself in the right way and, as a 20 year old guy, it’s something I know I will take on board and learn from.”