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In 2016, Angelina Jolie and Jaden Smith were the latest celebrities to fall victim to the Internet Death Hoax. Both of their death hoaxes started with an article popping on the social site Facebook that claimed their death.
Angelina Jolie's death news turned out to be rumor when it was found that the article is similar to that of Jaden Smith.
According to the article, Smith committed suicide in late July 2016, but how can that be possible when Jaden Smith attended the World Premiere of his father's, Will Smith's, movie "Suicide Squad" on August 1, 2016. Was it just to promote the movie? Well, who knows? But it is possible that this is not the real reason, because many celebrities have fallen victim to this death hoax in the past. You might be aware of some of them and for others; your reaction may be like "Oh! Are you serious?” Let's check out this celebrities' list, if you know more, then do let us know in the comments.
But first of all, what is a death hoax?
A death hoax is an internet rumor or you can say a deliberate and confusing report that claims a person's death, but ultimately turns out to be incorrect, when that person is found to be still alive.
1. Wayne Knight
Wayne Knight is widely known for his comedy role in Seinfeld as well as in Jurassic Park. He is an American comedian and actor as well as a voice actor. He has done more than forty movies in his acting career and is still alive.
Some fake websites reported him to be dead after he got killed in a car accident in 2014. The news turned out to be false, when Knight himself tweeted about the rumor of his fake death, saying, "I am alive and perfectly well."
2. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber is a worldwide famous Canadian singer as well as a songwriter. He is one of the biggest stars of the film industry and has a great fan following on all social media accounts. He came into fame with the song "Baby" that also featured Ludacris.
In early 2015, a website claimed that he was found dead after the car crash on the route that lies between Morristown and Roswell. The rumor was displayed on the Internet with so much justification that most of the people actually believed it. Later on, Justin Bieber posted his picture on Instagram that finally broke the fake death news. He has suffered from the death hoax "disease" even in the years 2013 and 2014.
3. Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen, also known as Carlos Irwin Estévez, is an American actor who gained fame with his consecutive successful movies; Platoon, Wall Street, and many others. He is also known for doing TV series such as Anger Management and Two and a Half Men.
Charlie Sheen's death rumor took many twists; some said he died in a snowboarding accident while a fake website positively claimed his fake death news, which, in disguise, was malware and an attempt to attack users' computers. Besides these, a Facebook page by the name RIP Charlie Sheen attracted major attention where users ended up posting millions of messages of condolences for him. Later on, Sheen's representatives officially confirmed that the news was a death hoax.
4. Miley Ray Cyrus
Miley Ray Cyrus is an American actress and singer as well as songwriter. She turned out to be a famous teen model for her lead role as Miley Stewart in Hanna Montana. She also appeared in many movies as protagonist and has earned fame by herself in her beautiful voice.
In 2014, a scam started on Facebook that confirmed the death of Miley Cyrus due to excessive intoxication and drug overdose. Similar to Justin Bieber's death hoax, Cyrus has also been made the target of the Internet death hoax several times. She denied the news by posting her pic, in which she is standing in a desert, on her Instagram account.
5. Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan is a well-known internationally acknowledged martial arts actor, producer, director, and singer. He is a role model for many young actors. He is also famous for his comedy roles in most of the movies, which are at the same time full of action too. He has worked in at least 50 movies that include Chinese as well as American.
In the year 2015, a Facebook page by the name RIP Jackie Chan was created that claimed that Chan was killed while shooting an action scene on a movie set. When Chan came to know about this rumor, he posted his picture on Facebook and said, "I am still alive and posting a picture with today's newspaper".
6. Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise is one of the most famous Hollywood celebrities known to every person across the globe for his action movies. Besides an actor, he is also a producer. He has done more than forty films out of which Mission Impossible, Minority Report, and Edge of Tomorrow are some of his world-famous movies.
In 2013, it was in a news headline that Tom Cruise died in a car crash during the morning hours while driving on Willowbank connector highway. On the other hand, whosoever started the rumor should know that Cruise has the brilliant racing experience and it is impossible that he would die in a car crash.
7. Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks is a beloved star of Hollywood who has acted in many super hit movies; Apollo 13, You've Got Mail, Captain Philips, Cast Away, and many more as well as he is also into filmmaking and has directed many movies; The Da Vinci Code, Saving Mr. Banks and plenty of others.
In 2006, it became the most trending news when Tom Hanks jumped off a cliff in New Zealand that ultimately led to his death. The news turned out to be the Internet death hoax when he was seen shooting in California for Charlie Wilson's War directed by Mike Nichols.
Just like Tom Hanks, George Clooney and Will Smith also became victims of a similar death hoax.
8. Britney Spears
Britney Spears is an American singer and actress and also known for her excellent dancing skills. She started acting at a very young age before beginning her singing career. Today, she is extremely famous for her songs and has released more than twenty albums.
In similarity with many other celebrities, Spears's death hoax also started with social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The rumor kept on prevailing in 2013 till the time Spears posted her picture saying that she is enjoying vacations in London.
9. Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney is a talented singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. He was a part of the most famous band of the Hollywood golden age, The Beatles. He is said to be the most successful and evergreen performer in the history of pop music.
Paul McCartney's fans have been hit many times by his Internet Death Hoax. In 1966, many people claimed that The Beatles is using another person who is a look-alike of Paul McCartney as he is no longer alive. A few years later, news came claiming that he is killed in a car crash. But, in reality, he is still alive and working passionately.
10. Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman is a legendary Hollywood actor, also known as film producer and narrator. He has been awarded several times and has been Oscar-nominated for movies such as The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy, and Invictus and for many other awards as well.
Morgan Freeman's death hoax went viral through Twitter and Facebook with respective hashtag #RIPMorganFreeman and a page with the name RIP Morgan Freeman. Many fans showed their condolences by posting messages on social media, but the truth was ultimately revealed when he was discovered being interviewed and said that he would be narrating in the movies such as We The People.
The act of claiming someone's death for the sake of earning a few bucks isn't at all funny. Death hoaxes need to be taken seriously as it can emotionally impact the victim and his/her fans and relatives.
PS Tavishi (author) from India on September 08, 2016:
This is something new, I never heard this name. Thank you limpet...
Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 08, 2016:
Exotic Continental actress Anouk Aimee, only last year.
Jasmeet Kaur from India on August 08, 2016:
Very well written!!.. Thanks for sharing.