Self-styled Prophet Passion Java touched off a storm and attracted immediate backlash on social media Saturday after falsely claiming that comedienne Madam Boss had succumbed to Covid-19.
Java posted a video on Instagram expressing his condolences saying, “I feel sad to announce that Madam Boss has succumbed to Covid 19.”
The footage went viral with dozens paying their tributes.
But a number of celebrities, including comedian Comic Pastor, socialites Wellence Mujuru, and Lorraine Guyo quickly dismissed the claims and called out Java for spreading false rumors.
ImageXchange Grooming Chambers founder and managing director Dr. Fungai Mtisi chastised Java saying, “Passion please don’t be like that, I have been receiving countless calls, Tyra (Madam Boss) is fine. I just spoke to my daughter now.”
Social media user Last Born also castigated Java saying, “Jokes of this nature are very bad, it is not good to come up with such jokes.”
“Now Papa wants Madam Boss to pass away,” another social media user, Samantha Zimangali weighed in.
Java later deleted the false video.
It remains unclear if this was a bad joke or just an unintended falsehood by the self-proclaimed prophet.