15 Times The Internet Thought A Beloved Celebrity Had Died

In the current age of social media and fake news, it’s fairly easy for anyone to make up a hoax about a celeb dying and get a bunch of people to believe it. 

Celebs don’t have much to complain about, however, it would probably suck to find yourself in a situation where your friends and family are getting flooded with hundreds of messages of condolences because some troll convinced half the internet that you died. Here are 15 celebs that got targeted by such hoaxes:

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SYLVESTER STALLONE In 2018, fake pictures of a sick Stallone in his final days went viral, prompting fans around the world to moum the Rocky star. 72-year-old Stallone took to Instagram to dispel the rumors and wrote, Please ignore this stupidity... Alive and well and happy and healthy... Still punching!

Entertainment Weekly

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SINBAD In 2007, the comedian's Wikipedia page was edited to say that he died. Days after the first hoax quieted down, someone did it again, this time prompting Sinbad to start receiving hundreds of grieving phone calls and messages. Saturday l rose from the dead and then died again, he

People

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RUSSEL CROWE itims In 2010, a Florida radio show started a fake rumor that the actor died in a mountaineering accident while filming a movie. Crowe responded to the rumors by tweeting, Unable to answer tweets, fell off a mountain in Austria, all over red rover. Don't know how I

Twitter & The Wrap

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DAVE GROHL In 2006, online rumors about Grohl's death got so big that his wife started getting messages of condolences. The singer responded to the hoax by saying, I'm like a cockroach - don't worry, I'll be around for a long time.

Foo Archive 

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MACAULAY CULKIN iz slut In 2014, a fake MSNBC website tricked people into thinking that the Home Alone star passed away. We're on tour you silly people, wrote Culkin before making fun of the rumors by posting a picture of himself parodying a scene from Weekend At Bernie's.

The Independent 

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LIL' KIM After Kim Jong-il died in 2011, social media got confused and thought Lil' Kim was the one who died. Confusion supposedly arose after Bill Maher tweeted about the North Korean leader's death and referred to him as L'il Kim.

The Root

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JON BON JOVI AVEN Looks lot ike A NEw ersey dee 2e oo In 2011, a fake news release of Jovi's death started spreading online. The singer responded to news of his death by posting a picture of himself with a sign that said, Heaven looks a lot like New

TODAY! & Facebook

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JOHN CARPENTER Rotten Tomatoes Following ORothenTomatoes John Carpenter would have been 70 years old today! We celebrate his birthday by looking back at his five favorite films On Carpenter's 70th birthday, Rotten Tomatoes celebrated the director by mistakenly tweeting that he would've been 70 years old today making people think

Entertainment Weekly & Rotten Tomatoes

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JACKIE CHAN kness fall Tunch. ater data According to the intemet, the martial arts legend has died at least three times So far. Stories claiming Chan died went viral in 2011, 2013, and 2016. In 2013, the actor even posted a picture of himself with that day's newspaper

Kotaku

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DWAYNE JOHNSON In 2011, the internet briefly thought The Rock died after falling off a cliff in New Zealand. I would love to meet the person who is starting rumors of my death - to show them how a dead foot feels up their ass, Johnson tweeted.

E!

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MORGAN FREEMAN A fake screenshot of CNN reporting Freeman's death went viral in 2011. CNN had to publicly clarify that the tweet was fake, while the actor took to Facebook and wrote, Like Mark Twain, I keep reading that I have died. I hope those stories are not true... but

E!, CNN & Slate

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DRAKE In 2015, 4Chan briefly convinced the intemet that Drake died in a car crash. The infamous messageboard filled the singer's YouTube videos with comments of condolences, changed his Wikipedia page to say that he died, and even made a fake BuzzFeed article corroborating their hoax.

Washington Post

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JACK BLACK In 2016, some a-hole hacked into Tenacious D's official Twitter account and announced that Jack Black passed away. Once the band retrieved their account, they posted a reassuring message: We can assure you that Jack is ALIVE and WELL and that this was a sick 'prank.

Washington Post

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CHER RIP Cher' trended on Twitter in 2012, after an account pretending to be CNN announced that the actress had died. To make matters worse, the hoax reached Kim Kardashian, who tweeted to her 12.8 million followers, Did I just hear Cher has passed away? Is this real? OMG. CRACKED.COM

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BRITNEY SPEARS The internet went into a frenzy in 2016 when a verified Sony Music account, as well as Bob Dylan, tweeted that the singer had died in an accident. This turned out to be the work of hackers, and the singer's reps issued a statement saying she was alive

BBC & Us Magazine