There isn’t really much to say, but I find it worth noting that the forum thread announcing Samantha’s death has been deleted. Now in theory, that’s not such a bad idea, because there’s evidence it was a hoax.
On the other hand, I can’t help feel that Blizzard is playing ministry of truth. What’s the point in deleting a thread that expresses the shock of players at hearing of another player’s death, and some of the process of coming to deal with the idea that the person behind the game character might still be alive? The only reason I can see is that what people can’t read about obviously never happened.
I’m coming to this conclusion only because Blizzard is infamous for dealing with their player base in a rather heavy-handed fashion. They could’ve just closed the thread, after all.