OTHER CELEBRITY DEATH HOAXES

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Bill Cosby: has ‘died’ five times in his career spanning decades. The most recent hoax came in August 2012.

Cher: was said to be found dead in her home earlier this year. It was only after a friend of the singer confirmed she was alive, were the rumors put to rest.

Russell Crowe: was supposed to have fallen 50 feet to his death while filming in Austria. His rep said it was untrue although the rumor continued to run rampant.

Paris Hilton: was in jail in 2007 when two death rumors started circulating — the first claiming that she had been stabbed seven times by a fellow inmate and the second claiming she had committed suicide. Both untrue. In 2006, Tom Hanks was supposed to have fallen to his death from a cliff in New Zealand, when, in reality, the actor was actually in California, shooting for a movie.

Tom Cruise: was also said to have met his end in New Zealand in 2008 after falling off
the same cliff as

Tom Hanks: had reportedly tumbled down. A spokesman for Cruise rubbished the claims as, “Erroneous and unreliable internet garbage”.

Zach Braff: decided to make a personal video of himself to assure his fans he was okay after a fake story said he had committed suicide. Braff said he would never kill himself by consuming pills — he would opt for pots and pans instead.

Adam Sandler: was also a victim of an internet death rumour in late 2010 when a false report claimed he hit a tree at high speed while skiing in Switzerland. His rep called it “irresponsible journalism”.

Oprah Winfrey: was said to be found dead in her home with a bloody area around her eye, a bullet wound in her stomach and some cuts and bruises up and down her body. Obviously a false report.

Eminem: was said to be killed in a car crash while on his way to a late-night party, drunk and high on drugs. With no proof or clues, Eminem quickly let out a statement, which said the news was false.

Lady Gaga: was said to have died in her hotel room last December. With distraught fans paying online tributes to the quirky singer, word quickly came out that the news wasn’t true.