After Poonam Pandey, Popular YouTuber KeemStar Fakes Own Death

American Youtuber Daniel M. Keem, popularly known as KeemStar, has joined actress and model Poonam Pandey on the list of notorious celebrities who faked their own death this year – after revealing that the announcement of his passing due to pulmonary embolism was actually an April Fool’s prank by his social media page, DramaAlert.
Both Poonam Pandey and Keemstar faced backlash for faking their deaths. | Courtesy: Instagram/X

Both Poonam Pandey and Keemstar faced backlash for faking their deaths. | Courtesy: Instagram/X

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • YouTuber KeemStar has confirmed he’s alive and that his death announcement was an April Fool’s prank.
  • Actress Poonam Pandey also faked her own death in February, only to make a comeback the day after.
  • The DramaAlert statement said Keemstar had pulmonary embolism, while Pandey's team gave her cervical cancer.
American Youtuber Daniel M. Keem, popularly known as KeemStar, has joined actress and model Poonam Pandey on the list of notorious celebrities who faked their own death this year – after revealing that the announcement of his passing due to pulmonary embolism was actually an April Fool’s prank by his social media page, DramaAlert.
"It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of Keemstar's passing. He peacefully departed last night in his sleep, succumbing to complications from a pulmonary embolism,” read the statement posted earlier today. “Our hearts ache for his family and friends as they navigate this profound loss."
The 42-year-old’s “death news” was met with scepticism and speculations that it might all just be a prank – after all it wouldn’t be the first time KeemStar was faking his death if the reports were true.
An X user called it within hours of the initial update.
“People are saying Keemstar is dead, it’s April fools people. Please stop being so stupid,” read one post.
A few others were so suspicious of the timing of the death announcement that they were convinced there wasn’t any other explanation than it being a practical joke.
Later, on Tuesday, Keemstar confirmed the suspicions.
“Hope everyone had a fun April Fools. I’ve rejoined team alive.,” the YouTuber announced.
A resounding chorus of disbelief and outrage swept social media platforms as fans and critics alike called out Keemstar for his seemingly tasteless prank, which many said “wasn’t funny”.
If history is any indicator, faking your own death only brings short-lived attention and overwhelming backlash – Poonam Pandey would agree.
The Nasha star also spread false news about her death, later playing off the publicity stunt as an awareness campaign for cervical cancer.
"This morning is a tough one for us. We are deeply saddened to inform you that we have lost our beloved Poonam to cervical cancer" Pandey’s Instagram statement read.
A day later, she admitted to being alive and kicking, which did not sit well with her fans.
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