From time to time we experience a death or the other. It mainly affects celebrities and other popular people in society. These fakes have their origins in fake news sites that only take a few tweets or Facebook shares to spread panic. Some of these false death reports are intentionally labeled as costly jokes or nonsense, while others are outright errors. In any case, fake death reports are real expensive misdeeds and not fun at all. Some of the things that lead to such incidents are accidental publication of pre-written biographies or obituaries, the subject’s close flight to death, impersonation, long disappearances, confusion of names, general misunderstandings, etc.
1. Desmond Elliot
On Friday, September 14, 2012, someone wrote on Facebook that Desmond Elliot was dead. Before you could say Jack Robinson, the news went viral on the internet and the whole city of Lagos Nigeria was thrown into chaos. The story had different versions as some claimed he was slaughtered in a hotel, others claimed he was involved in a fatal accident. However, it was soon discovered that the news was fake and that the supporting photo was from one of his film footage, which has yet to be released. This was his reaction to the joke:
“I don’t know where they got the story from, people are so funny. Without confirming if it’s true, they went ahead and spread the rumor. People thought I died. That’s a movie scene from a movie with the Titled “Reflections”. I am so surprised that the news has gone so far that I have nothing to say to them, but all I can say is that I am alive and well.”
2. Miley Cyrus
A shocking rumor circulated at some point that theAmerican singer Miley Cyrus passed away. The death hoax began with a Facebook click scam that read: “(SHOCKING) Miley Cyrus found dead at her Los Angeles home! Country singer Miley Cyrus overdosed at her Los Angeles home this afternoon. “She’s one of those celebrities whose death rumor was widespread and taken very seriously by many fans. After not posting anything online for a few days, there were fears that the rumor could turn out to be true. Still, she debunked all claims when she took to her Instagram page to post weird photos to confirm she’s alive and well.
3. Bill Cosby
I can’t really put my finger on why Bill Cosby has remained a target for internet death rumors. People who want this American comedian dead are really mean. Among other things, he was falsely reported dead four times in just one year in 2010, leaving Bill to reach out to whoever is behind the messy joke to stop it because it wasn’t funny at all. Hear what he told CNN:
“I don’t want [the person spreading the rumor] to stop doing this because this is my fourth time I’ve been reported [dead]. Maybe a psychiatrist will say I’m feeding the originator’s ego, but I want to only tell friends of this person: Just tell him to stop because it’s not funny.”
4. Britney Spears
When the pop star was reported dead by a Dallas radio station, her fans turned to the internet for answers, launching message boards to share information and emailing around the world. There was even a fake BBC website claiming to have detailed information about the death. A few days after the initial rumor, the Dallas radio station apologized for giving out false information.
5. Lil Wayne
Lil’ death rumors could be traced back to the fact that he suffers from epileptic seizures that make him appear dead on most occasions. He has been the victim of death rumors more than once. The youngest had such an attack two years ago and was taken to hospital. A video of his tribute went viral on Twitter and across the internet, sending his fans panicking. This was his reaction to the rumours:
“The bad news is that I’m prone to seizures. This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a series of seizures you’ll just never know about. … Basically I could have died, that’s why it was so serious. But the reason for the seizures is just stress, not rest, which overwhelms me.”
Lil Wayne made the announcement on March 28, 2013 on Los Angeles hip-hop radio station Power 106 after scaring fans with a hospitalization.
6. Opprah Winfrey
Two years ago, rumors spread that Oprahist had died. That she was found dead at her home in Chicago. Dozens of tweets spread the rumors. Some said the 59-year-old died of a heart attack. Some said she died of a stroke while others said she was beaten and shot. Some stumbled upon an image that looked like a real CNN report, which read, “Oprah Winfrey was pronounced dead after suffering a stroke at the airport.”
7. Celine Dion
News of Celine Dion’s death spread quickly earlier this week, causing concern among fans around the world. However, the July 2015 report was confirmed to be a complete hoax and is just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. One of the stories said that Celine died in a car accident, while another said that it was false about a plane accident. This was their answer to Digital Spy :
It’s crazy sometimes because I have to call my family, I was celebrating my twins’ birthday in Montreal and in those phone calls I was told that there’s stuff I’m dead at on Facebook… But I’m glad I don’t am dead! ”
8. Jackie Chan
Chan has been in dangeroussituations in the “rush hour” films, some of which could cause a heart attack, but Chan did not suffer such trauma. In March 2011, a fake news site reported that the actor died of a heart attack in Los Angeles while promoting “Kung Fu Panda 2.” The report contained many false quotes from other actors and memorial service announcements. To refute the claims, Chan took the above photo with the date of the day and posted it online to confirm he is alive.
9. Chris Brown
Chris Brown’s hatred knows no bounds,Breezy’s death hoax went viral not only on Twitter but on YouTube too! Back in 2012, Rihanna’s ex fell victim to the notorious online celebrity death scam. “RIP Chris Brown” began to spread on Twitter and Facebook. Pranksters even managed to comment on every single one of Breezy’s official YouTube music videos, expressing their “heartfelt condolences.” It was rumored that he was having a seizure. Another time in 2014, another rumor spread. This came after he escaped a shooting at a night pre-party in Los Angeles for a Video Music Awards he was hosting. A few others were injured, but Brown was unhurt. On that basis, his critics wished he were dead.
10. Morgan Freeman
As recently as 2012, Oscar-winner MorganFreeman was twice pronounced dead by internet death rumors. This happened consecutively in September and October. But after that second time, the legendary actor, who twice played God in films – Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty, personally stepped forward to dispel the rumors. The actor was in good spirits and poked fun at false stories that said he had died. He assured fans that he was safe and sound. He posted a photo of himself on his Facebook page with a partly cloudy sky and palm trees in the background.
Like Mark Twain, I keep reading that I died, I hope these stories aren’t true… If so, I’m happy to report that my life after death seems identical to my life while I was alive . I went to Las Vegas to start working on the film. Last Vegas “This is anything but a death sentence.”