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.
After a Facebook page called, “RIP Cher” was set up, fans flooded it, putting up their tributes and love. It got over 1 million likes. Of course, shortly after, a representative for the singer shot the rumor down and told people to stop believing everything they hear on the internet.
In 2016, an internet hoax spread across Twitter that Charlie Sheen had died from a snowboarding accident, hitting a tree at a high speed. His ex-wife, Denise Richards, fought back saying he is alive.
In 2013, Facebook pages used fake news outlet logos to convince people Celine Dion died in a car crash. The news spread like wildfire and eventually leaked on to Twitter. Of course, when she found out about it, Dion was less than thrilled.
Last year in 2016, Sony’s Music Twitter account was hacked. The supposed hacker posted, “Britney Spears is dead by accident! We will tell you more soon #RIPBritney.” Spears’ rep quickly shot down the claims and assumed their account had been hacked.
A video of Jaden Smith, son of mega Hollywood star Will Smith, spread all over Facebook claiming to be a suicide note to his father. But Jaden had been seen walking the red carpet with his father around the same time it was released, and the rumors were debunked. The horrific prank spread quickly, however, and continued to spread despite frequent denunciations.