In November 2015, false reports that singer Johnny Mathis had died were seen in various places around the Internet. The most commonly seen story states that Mathis had passed away and listed no cause of death. The fake articles were shared widely, causing many fans to post messages of sadness and condolence to a "R.I.P. Johnny Mathis" Facebook page. On November 6, Mathis' representatives released a statement confirming that the popular performer was alive and that any statements claiming otherwise were incorrect.
Johnny Mathis was born in Gilmer, Texas, in 1935. His distinctive smooth voice and tender ballads gained him praise from critics and popularity from fans early in his career. His first hit was the chart-topping "Chances Are," released in 1957. In the years to follow, several Mathis albums would achieve gold or platinum status. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been inducted into of the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Pop Music Hall of Fame and the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame.Learn more about Art & Literature