Sadly it is human nature to expect the worst and believe media hype and what the on-line world of techchrunch and other platforms write, that is often times a little bit of factuality and a BIG piece of hype - they do this to get more views on their websites, sometimes it is called click-baiting as well, write a headline or something "newsworthy" that will attract people to click and read your misinformed and incorrect article and you will get better search engine rankings....
And of course Google Plus Is Dead is a headline that these sites use to grab a bigger market share of viewers and clicks to their articles.
This week it was announced by +Bradley Horowitz
So there you can see that direct from Yonatan is clarification that Google+ is not dead!
Forbes have also recently interviewed Pichai
And of course Google+ was mentioned...... Here is the part that is in particular reference to Google+