Celebrity Death Hoaxes: ‘Back to the Future’ Star Michael J. Fox, Miley Cyrus + 6 Other Famous People Who Were Reported Dead But Weren’t

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The Internet and some publishers love gathering attention and traffic using fake stories and even death reports of celebrities we all love so much. 

Recently the same happened with Michael J. Fox and Nexter.org decided to make a list of famous people who at least once were reported dead by mistake.

Michael J. Fox

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Source: snopes.com

On 4 August 2018 a web site appearing to be that of Yahoo! News published an article headlined “Beloved Actor and Back to the Future Star Michael J. Fox Has Died at the Age of 57,” positing that the popular entertainer had just passed away from complications related to Parkinson’s disease:

“On August 2, Michael J Fox arrived at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was self-admitted with complications attributed to Parkinson’s Disease. According to Chief Coroner Jonathan Lucas M.D., Fox had developed pneumonia, a common problem occurring in Parkinson’s sufferers in the later stages of the disease. Tragically, Fox died at 11:24 this morning. Doctors confirmed Fox passed away peacefully and was surrounded by friends and family.”

This report was false. Neither any legitimate news source nor the Michael J. Fox Foundation released a report or statement regarding the actor’s supposed death. The only source reporting Fox’s death was yahoonews-us.com, a junk news website that imitates the appearance and domain of the real Yahoo! News site.

Morgan Freeman

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A death hoax that was so convincing that it was allegedly retweeted by CNN Breaking News in 2010 claimed that “Actor Morgan Freeman has passed awayin his Burbank home.”

After it was found that Freeman was alive, CNN denied any responsibility for the error and said it had not tweeted anything related to Freeman’s death. By then, the supposed tweet had disappeared.

Britney Spears

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Britney Spears was one of the earliest celebrity “victims” of the internet and has been one of the most frequent targets of death rumors. On June 12, 2001, a radio station in Dallas (KEGL 97.1) reported that Spears had died in a car crash with a pretzel van while driving with Justin Timberlake.

Fans desperately sought confirmation of the pop star’s death on internet message boards and by the next day, the news had been forwarded around the world via email. A fake BBC web page offered more details about the crash while fans called into Los Angeles fire and police departments for answers.

In 2016, she was the subject of a second death hoax after Sony Music tweeted the singer had died on Dec. 26.

Sylvester Stallone

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The reaper’s first famous victim of 2018, so some of us thought, was Rocky himself; everyone’s favourite tough-guy-turned-amusing-grampa Sylvester Stallone – claimed by prostate cancer, the rumour insisted.

After a series of posts reported his death, the action star responded with a laconic post of his own: “Please ignore this stupidity… Alive and well and happy and healthy… Still punching”

Rowan Atkinson

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In one of the sickest Facebook fake posts in 2016, a story alleged that beloved Mr Bean creator Rowan Atkinson had taken his own life – and then offered readers a link to click and “watch his suicide”.

The ghouls who did click the link were redirected to their Facebook friends list – so it was perhaps part of a phishing scam. Whatever it was, it was fake news at its most callous.

Miley Cyrus

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The hoax started as a Facebook scam on July 19, 2014, designed to lure people to click through and take an online survey. The photo of Miley “overdosing” made the rounds with the alarming headline: “{SHOCKING} Miley Cyrus Found Dead In Her Los Angeles Home!”

Miley Cyrus has terrible luck with the internet and should probably just stay away from it permanently. In September 2008, another death hoax was posted on Yahoo! saying that Cyrus had died in a car accident.

Jackie Chan

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On March 29, 2011, a week and a half after Nate Dogg’s death and a few days before April Fools’ Day, a hoax web page designed to look like a TV news site claimed Jackie Chan had died of a heart attack in a Los Angeles hospital as the result of his stressful schedule promoting Kung Fu Panda 2. “RIP Jackie Chan” became one of the most popular tweets that day.

The “news” story quoted Will Smith as having said on Facebook, “A remarkable actor, he will be forever missed and always in our hearts. RIP Jackie.” President Obama was reported as saying “Jackie Chan is a man who can talk through talent, he is a constant reminder of the strength of humanity. He will forever be in our hearts, a true inspiration who inspired many generations. First it’s Nate Dogg then it’s Jackie Chan.” According to the story, MTV would host a special memorial service for Chan.

Adam Sandler

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On December 28, 2010, FakeAWish.com (yes, those guys again) released a story about Adam Sandler that had been tied to Charlie Sheen’s fake death not even two days prior. According to the source, while snowboarding in Zermatt, Switzerland “Sandler lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed…Sandler 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.”


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Celebrity Death Hoaxes: 'Back to the Future' Star Michael J. Fox, Miley Cyrus + 6 Other Famous People Who Were Reported Dead But Weren’t
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Celebrity Death Hoaxes: 'Back to the Future' Star Michael J. Fox, Miley Cyrus + 6 Other Famous People Who Were Reported Dead But Weren’t
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