Entries in Death Hoax (4)


Mickey Rourke Is Not Dead

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Yet another celebrity has become a victim of a death hoax.  This time, actor Mickey Rourke was supposed to have met his demise in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland.

Rourke's agent, David Unger tells the New York Post the actor is “very touched by the outpouring of concern, and is alive and well in Beverly Hills." 

Unger tells the newspaper, "I have been getting condolence calls from all over the world.  But I can confirm Mickey is very alive."

In addition to working on the Sin City sequel and A Dame to Kill For, Rourke has just finished filming Dead in Tombstone, in which he is cast as Satan.

Sylvester Stallone, Jim Carrey and Christian Slater have also been victims of death hoaxes.  All of them supposedly “died” in snowboarding accidents.

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Brad Pitt Still Alive, Despite Internet Rumor

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Brad Pitt has become the latest celebrity to be "killed" by an Internet-spawned snowboarding hoax.

The rumor about the Moneyball star was started by a fake news source called Global Associated News, which claimed Sunday, "Witnesses indicate that Brad Pitt lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed," while vacationing in Switzerland.  The copy came complete with a picture of somebody being loaded into a medevac helicopter.

"Pitt was air lifted by ski patrol teams to a local hospital, however, it is believed that the actor died instantly from the impact of the crash," claimed the website, which ran a tiny disclaimer at its bottom reading, "THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE!"

Pitt incidentally suffered the same exact fake fate as a number of stars, including Justin Bieber, Eddie Murphy, Keanu Reeves, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mickey Rourke.

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R. Kelly Death Report a Hoax ANGELES) -- You can rest easy — R. Kelly is alive and well and has not died in a jet ski accident in the Turks and Caicos islands.

Reports of Kelly’s death surfaced online early Wednesday morning, with various websites reporting it.  It wasn’t too long, though, before R. Kelly himself disproved the rumor by tweeting a photo of himself, with the note, “Glad I don’t even know how to jet ski.”

At this point, any report of a celebrity jet ski death in the Turks and Caicos is suspect.  In just the last year or so, celebrities who supposedly died in the exact same fashion include Brad Pitt, Chris Brown, Ja Rule, J. Cole, rockers Chad Kroeger and Bret Michaels and others.  The reports are generated by various “fake news” websites that allow users to plug a name into a pre-written story, which is then picked up by various news and gossip aggregator sites.

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Jon Bon Jovi Victim of Online Death Hoax

Paul Zimmerman/WireImage(ASBURY PARK, N.J.) -- Is Jon Bon Jovi “Dead or Alive?”

That was the big question being asked Monday afternoon as an ugly online rumor spread quickly that the Sayerville, N.J.-born singer had died in Asbury Park.

First of all, fans can rest assured he is very much alive.

The whole mess started when the website dailynewbloginternational first “reported” that Bon Jovi had died from cardiac arrest, and word soon spread that the singer was found unconscious in a room at the Empress Hotel in Asbury Park, according to E!

The false report also stated that hundreds of reporters had gathered at the hospital awaiting word on his condition. The bogus report concluded that Bon Jovi was later pronounced dead at Jersey Shore Medical Center. The bad information was then re-tweeted Monday evening.

However, Jon Bon Jovi wants all of his fans to know he’s still “Livin’ on a Prayer.” In fact, he posted a photo on his Facebook site of himself in front of a Christmas tree holding a sign that reads, “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey, December 19, 2011, 6:00.”

In addition, his spokesperson, Sunshine Sachs, said the rumor was completely false.

Bon Jovi's self-named band will headline the Bamboozle festival when it returns to Asbury Park in May.

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