On social networks, some are spreading the rumor of Elon Musk’s death. If the rumor has been denied, it comes at a bad time for the boss of Tesla.

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At the end of the day on Friday, a funny rumor appeared on social networks, under the hashtag #RIPElon. Some internet users have tried to pretend that Tesla’s boss was dead. Elon Musk has not officially responded. We would have imagined him repeating with humor the words of Mark Twain: “the rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated”. But it is likely that he was satisfied with a simple incredulous smiley on Friday March 5 to express his state of mind.

Elon Musk facing colossal losses

We don’t really know the why and how of this affair. But some US sites believe that individuals may have wanted to benefit economically. We have seen screenshots of fake titles circulating, for example blaming a Tesla battery. Another article questioned the “consequences for the financial markets” of the death of the boss of the automobile manufacturer. Another even tried to impersonate Tesla’s communications department… which had been dissolved by Elon Musk.

While the story may seem anecdotal, this story does not come at the best time for Elon Musk. At the weekend, billionaire Ron Baron sold Tesla stock for $ 1.8 million, causing its market value to plummet. However, since Elon Musk’s wealth is mainly linked to the price of his share, he has also dropped dramatically. According to Bloomberg’s ranking, he is now $ 20 billion behind Jeff Bezos, the boss of Amazon (177 versus 157 billion). In total, Tesla stock has lost 11% of its value over the past week. A drop in the bucket when we know that the stock jumped 743% in 2020, but it also illustrates the volatility of Tesla’s stock and the stock market in general. Elon Musk himself has been playing it in recent weeks,by promoting Dogecoin among others . There is no guarantee that the last few days will make him calm down. One thing’s for sure, he’s alive and well, as he proved by tweeting again over the weekend.null

The good news ? His mother will be able to continue to rejoice us with pictures of Elon Musk as a child or with his school reports . On the financial side, the one who is still the 2nd richest man in the world should get by. We trust him.