The news of anyone dying is always unwelcome, but there's nothing that grabs headlines quite like a celebrity death. Some Internet sickos have clocked onto this and plague the news with false tales of famous faces passing away. Facts are usually left to a minimum (unless you're Eminem, then your faux-death is accompanied by imagery), but that doesn't seem to stop the momentous impact and reactions like:
The following six celebrities have all fallen victim to celebrity death hoaxes... but thankfully still 'remain unstabbed.'
1. Vin Diesel
Rumors started spreading that our beloved The Fast and The Furious star Vin Diesel had passed thanks to a Facebook page named 'R.I.P Vin Diesel.' The page's 'About' section reads:
At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (December 12, 2015), our beloved actor Vin Diesel passed away. Vin Diesel was born on July 18, 1967 in New York. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.
The description on this hoax page has since changed, and Diesel's reps reportedly issued the below statement:
He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He's still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet.
2. Paul McCartney
The urban legend surrounding Beatle Paul McCartney's passing is so notorious it even has its own Wikipedia page. According to the theory, McCartney died in 1966 and the star we know now is actually a look-a-like impostor.
'Evidence' can be found when accessing the Sgt. Pepper's album, which has a bass guitar wreath on its cover, John Lennon singing "I buried Paul" in the outro of 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and the lyrics "he blew his mind out in a car" in 'A Day In The Life,' which is significant as most McCartney death theories revolve around him passing away in a car.
3. Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan has had a bit of a rough deal in the whole death hoax department as he has been slaughtered by them not once, but twice. In March 2010, similarly to Vin Diesel, a Facebook page entitled 'R.I.P Jackie Chan' started a frenzy which spread to Twitter, gaining 89,000 followers in mere hours. Then, in 2013, he was targeted again.
“I was shocked by two news reports when I got off the plane. First of all, don't worry! I'm still alive. Second, don't believe the scam on Weibo using my name about the Red Pockets."
If you turn back time to January 2012 you might remember when a Twitter hashtag went viral suggesting that singer Cher had died. After a phony tweet was created to look like a retweet from the official CNN account, the Internet went into meltdown believing the music legend was dead.
Eventually it was a friend of Cher's, jewelry designer Loree Rodkin who set the record straight for the world, tweeting:
Even Kim Kardashian shared her disgust, though in a less brutal manner than Rodkin.
I guess you could say, they got you, babe.
5. Macaulay Culkin
When Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin was found dead in this apartment last year, his fans were sent into frenzy. Luckily though, it was all a sick prank and one that Culkin addressed with humor via Twitter:
And then poked fun at it:
Another poor guy who's passed away twice, Eminem has fallen victim to Internet death hoaxes, but unlike the others, his were accompanied by images.
Back in 2000 a fake CNN website posted pictures of a brutal car crash claiming that the infamous rapper had perished in the wreckage. Fast forward 13 years and he's died again, however this time he was "left nearly DEAD after being stabbed 4 times in NYC,” a comment which was apparently accompanied by a brutal image of a stabbing victim.
Em's reps had to assure his adoring fans that he 'remains unstabbed.'