R&B singer Usher Raymond appears to be the latest victim of internet rumors today, as it was reported on Global Associated News that he died in a car accident. The site is reported to create fake celebrity death headlines–I suppose that’s entertainment to some–but there is an actual article to go along with the headline, making it appear to be credible. It garnered hundreds of tweets and upset fans everywhere.
“Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that Usher lost control while driving a friend’s vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing him instantly,” the report reads. “The vehicle was believed to have been traveling at approximately 95 miles per hour in a 55mph zone at the time of the accident. Witnesses have stated that Usher’s car crossed the double lines several times prior to the accident and hit the center lane divider causing the vehicle to flip and roll.”
To their credit, it also states that drugs and alcohol don’t appear to have been factors, but that didn’t stop rumors from circulating today about the crash and exactly what caused it.
Omg iheard Usher is dead :'( BETTER NOT BE TRUE .
@JesusTaughtMe: usher better not be dead.Wait what???? RT
Is usher dead???
is usher really dead?
Stop it, you idiots. Usher is not dead. The fact that you’re so quick to believe this stuff makes me hurt as a journalist.
Usher tweeted a response to his worried fans: