When celebrities die, the world takes notice. Fans grieve the loss of their idols and talk about their contribution to society. But with such a high status in the world, attention can cut both ways. The internet has allowed rumors to spread much more quickly. With that kind of power, many hoaxers have spread plenty of rumors about fake celebrity deaths. We don’t usually think about it, but this can cause plenty of problems for the celebrities themselves. So, what celebrities have had false deaths? Here are 25 False Celebrity Deaths We’re Glad Aren’t Real.
In May 2010, a rumor spread on the internet that Tom Cruise died in an accident while in New Zealand. It became such a prominent rumor he had to address it to the press that he was, in fact, alive and well.
Many country music fans were greatly saddened to hear Reba McEntire had died in 2012. She supposedly had fallen to her death while climbing a mountain in Austria. To address the rumor, McEntire took to Twitter and said, “I am alive and kicking!!!”
Avril Lavigne has had a death hoax attached to her since 2003, and it just won’t die. The conspiracy theory suggests Lavigne died and was replaced by a look-a-like. People continue to spread false information in an attempt to convince people. But fear not Avril Lavigne fans, she is alive and well.
In 2009, news spread all over Google’s real-time search that Natalie Portman had died from a fall in New Zealand. Of course, it was all a hoax and she’s fine. Now we’re just curious why celebrities are all having fake deaths in New Zealand.
Chloe Grace Moretz
People all too often forget celebrities are people with family and loved ones. That’s why, when someone spread a rumor that Chloe Grace Moretz had died in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland, she was none too happy after family and friends called in tears to check in on her. She called the hoaxers, “disgusting.”
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