All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘death hoax’

Hugh Hefner Falls Victim to Internet Death Hoax

Like many before him and still many more to come, Playboy Hugh Hefner was recently killed – by the Internet. Over the weekend, an article appeared on the site nbctoday.co claiming that Hefner had died of natural causes at the Playboy Mansion on Sunday morning. The article spread like wildfire across social media, amassing hundreds of thousands of Facebook shares …

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Macaulay Culkin Is Not Dead: Death Ruled A Hoax

Macaulay Culkin is not dead. In fact, he is very much alive and is on tour with his band The Pizza Underground. According to Britain’s The Mirror, a fake report started circulating on Thursday, November 6, stating that the Home Alone star had passed away. “At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (November 06, 2014), our beloved actor Macaulay Culkin …

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Judd Nelson Latest Victim Of Death Hoax

Judd Nelson is the latest victim of an internet death hoax, but his agent found a way to prove to his fans that he’s alive and well. Rumors began to spread online over the weekend that the actor had been found dead in his home, but not only was the story false, it also gave the incorrect address for him. …

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Benicio del Toro Is Not Dead Either

2014 has been the year for death hoaxes. The ever-growing popularity of social media makes it easy to start and disseminate a hoax. Recently a hoax claimed that former First Lady Nancy Reagan had died. The whole thing apparently started from a Facebook page that ran with the declaration: “At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (October 24, 2014), our …

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Nancy Reagan Death Hoax Turns Ironic as Her Astrologer Dies

Please, stop. Nancy Reagan is not dead. Apparently this latest celebrity death hoax got started when a Facebook page titled “R.I.P. Nancy Reagan” got nearly one million likes. The About page of the account said the following: “At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (October 24, 2014), our beloved politician Nancy Reagan passed away. Nancy Reagan was born on July …

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Betty White Fans Mourn Her Two Days After Death is Revealed to be a Joke

People, come on. Betty White is not dead. Quite a few people have missed the memo that the Hot in Cleveland star was the victim of a death hoax/homophone, as people are still paying their respects to the “late actress” online. The rumor that Betty White passed away started on Wednesday after an article posted to the satirical Empire News …

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Subway Jared Death Hoax Goes Viral

Jared Fogle, better known as “Subway Jared” or the “Subway Guy”, is the latest victim of a celebrity death hoax. On Monday, the news of Fogle’s “death” went viral with thousands of people taking to their social media accounts to pay their respects to the Subway spokesman, using the hashtag #RIPSubwayJared. The hoax started on a fake website called Jaredremembered.com. …

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Wayne Knight Confirms That He Is Not Dead

Wayne Knight, probably best known for his character ‘Newman’ on the television comedy series Seinfeld, is not dead! Rumors started circulating early Sunday morning that the actor had passed away in an accident near the New York-Pennsylvania border. When the news started to spread, Knight became the number one trending topic on Google. Thankfully, the rumors were NOT true, and …

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Jim Carrey’s Ex, Jenny McCarthy, Addresses Shia LaBeouf Insults

The Internet death rumors that were made about Jim Carrey on Tuesday were suspected to stem from Shia LaBeouf’s comment on Twitter Monday. The feud between the two all started at the Golden Globe Awards. Carrey made a playful reference to LaBeouf’s plagiarism scandal of the 2012 film “HowardCantour.com,” which was clearly based off of the comic Justin M. Damiano by …

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Andy Kaufman (It Turns Out) Is Still Dead!

In a famous Saturday Night Live routine, Chevy Chase reads a news story on that show’s Weekend Update, declaring that Spain’s “Generalissimo Francisco Franco is valiantly holding out in his efforts to remain dead.” He and fellow cast member Garrett Morris wrap up the Weekend Update with something called “News for the Hearing Impaired”. There Morris repeats the story in …

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“Steve Irwin Daughter Dies” Not A Hoax, Exactly

Steve Irwin’s daughter, Bindi, is highly popular with both his fans and in her own right; as a child, she appeared with her dad on several of his specials and showed a great appreciation for the animal kingdom. She’s become a success since his passing in 2006, hosting her own show “Bindi The Jungle Girl” and appearing in films and …

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Gotye Dead? Nah, Just A Victim Of “Citizen Journalism”

You can’t believe everything you see on the interwebs. That goes double for anything you see on a breaking news site that allows average Joes to post stories without the intervening hand of….well, anyone. So, despite what you may have seen on Twitter, 32-year-old singer Wouter De Backer, better known as Gotye, is alive and well. But that doesn’t mean …

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