People can be so cruel. And online, people can be more evil as they try to raise funds on their websites by generating website traffic. The surest and easiest way they can do this is by making up a story about how a famous personality got into an accident and died. Here is a collection of some of the most absurd and horrific celebrity death hoaxes in 2014:
News about the death of “The Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus circulated the internet. According to rumors, Reedus was involved in a car crash, to which he died from in June.
The saying "lost in translation" couldn’t be more applicable to Betty White’s own share of celebrity death hoaxes. What started as an online news headline turned out to be an epic fail in translation by other websites. As the original news read, Betty White "Dyed Peacefully in Her Los Angeles Home." This led to a number of websites believing that White had died instead of having her hair colored at home.
Another apparent victim of a car crash is Wayne Knight, who is, in fact, alive and very well.
When Margaret Thatcher died in April, some people confused her with singer Cher. This led people to believe that it was Cher who had died, not Thatcher.
Britney Spears is no stranger to celebrity death hoaxes. This year, it was believed that she died from a car crash with a pretzel van.
Another victim of mistaken identity is Jaden Smith when news about snowboarder Jason Smith’s death broke the internet. People believed that it was Jaden who got in a snowboarding accident.
Speaking of snowboarding accidents, Russell Brand is just one of the many celebrities who have been reported death after being a victim of such incident in Switzerland.
American actor and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno made headlines this year when reports circulated online that he had died from a car accident. Ferrigno, in fact, is alive and well.
There was a short-lived rumor this year that Mark “The Undertaker” Calaway from WWE was found dead in his home in Texas. This was found to be a hoax shortly.
Another wrestler who was a victim of celebrity death hoaxes this year is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. There were two death rumors about The Rock this year — one, that he had fallen from a cliff while filming in New Zealand, and after filming a dangerous stunt for “Fast and Furious 7.”
In November, fans of Macaulay Culkin freaked out when reports of his death surfaced online. The rumor was junked after Culkin posted a photo wherein the “Home Alone” actor posed dead.
When reports of Miley Cyrus getting killed after a drug overdose surfaced, the singer’s only response was to pose on a photo overlooking the mountains where she was topless.
A fake BBC report claimed that the One Direction member was found dead in his hotel room. Turns out it was a very early April Fool’s Joke for Zayn Malik.
Although it’s true that Hugh Hefner is already 88 years old, reports of him passing away from "natural causes" in his Playboy Mansion are not true. In response with this hoax, Hugh tweeted that he was watching “American Sniper.”
Which celebrity death hoax did you fall for this year? Any guesses which celebrity will be victim of a death hoax next?
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