The concept of a death hoax sure is a strange one. All celebrities have fans, critics, and haters, but it’s always a bizarre set of circumstances when someone from one of those groups would go about circulating a rumor of the star’s death. Unfortunately, in this era of share buttons and social media, these rumors can fly around before the truth comes out. Fortunately, all the stars listed below are doing fine, but check out the rumors surrounding their untimely (and false!) deaths.
Death rumors constantly seem to be surrounding Tom Cruise, but that’s likely because he’s one of the most famous movie stares ever. Most recently, an Australian media outlet reported in 2013 that he was killed in a car crash.
You have to really be lacking a soul to lay a death rumor on America’s Sweetheart, Tom Hanks. According to the bogus story, he fell off a cliff while filming a movie in Canada. Of course, very few people believed he does his own stunts, so this rumor didn’t last long.
Miley Cyrus has been the target of many death hoaxes in recent years. Way back in 2008, the internet was abuzz that the Hannah Montana star had perished in a car wreck (the death of choice for people who make these things up), and as recently as last year, it was circulated that she died of a drug overdose.
‘Home Alone’ star Macauley Culkin was reportedly found dead in his apartment of a drug overdose last year. Only…he wasn’t. That didn’t stop people from creating an ‘RIP Macauley Culkin’ Facebook page, though.
This site in question tends to report every death rumor to get traffic sent its way. Several years ago, they claimed that Angelina Jolie committed suicide.
She didn’t, but even CNN fell prey, posting footage of her reportedly saying goodbye before committing the act.
In 2011, according to bad reports, Jackie Chan actually died…twice. His fans were reportedly so upset that he had to a post a picture with the day’s date to prove to fans that he was fine.
There was a rumor that Lady Gaga died in a car wreck in LA, but it turns out that hoax was started by some truly sick Justin Bieber fans working together. Yikes. They were apparently mad Lady Gaga got more airplay than Justin. Double yikes.
The “fake car wreck” thing even got to rapper Eminem, complete with photos. Of course, the photos of the wreck were from an unrelated accident, but people still bought it.
The car wreck angle got switched up for Nic Cage, who was presumed to have died in a motorcycle wreck the previous night. A crappy graphic was released, and apparently that was enough to sell people on the hoax. The graphic didn’t even say it was a car wreck. It said he was skiing!
When Bill Nye spoke out about the issues in teaching children creationism, critics fired back by claiming he was dead. Very mature.
Russell Crowe reportedly met his end by falling down a mountain. The actor had some fun with the rumor on Twitter, reaching out to fans saying, “Unable to answer tweets fell off a mountain in Austria, all over red rover. Don’t know how i got there, but the media are never wrong.G’Bye.”
Someone lied about the Rock’s death, and he was none too happy about it. He reached out on social media threatening, “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.”
The Usher car wreck death rumors were stopped quickly with a tweet saying, “I must’ve died and went to heaven… Alive and cold kickin ass!!” Then he posted this picture to let people know just how alive he was (sans shirt).
Maybe it’s been wishful thinking on the part of the haters, but Paris Hilton has been killed off many times by death rumors, almost all of which involve either a car wreck or drugs. But the last one to go around was that she got stabbed in jail while doing time for her DUI.
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