Oscar-inning actress Angelina Jolie has become the latest victim of celebrity death hoax.
According to Zeibiz, a Facebook page called R.I.P Angelina Jolie was created claiming that the Salt actress has passed away. The page, which has since been removed, allegedly garnered over one million likes.
"At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (August 22, 2013), our beloved actress Angelina Jolie passed away. Angelina Jolie (daughter of Jon Voight) was born on June 4, 1975 in Los Angeles. She will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking," a post on the page read, according to the website.
However, on a search, three R.I.P. Angelina Jolie pages were found, and had fewer than 100 likes. In another report, David Emery of About.com, claimed that the Angelina Jolie death hoax is a rogue app that tries to trick Facebook users into allowing it to access their account.
The actress is alive and well. Jolie, a UNHCR Special Envoy, is currently doing humanitarian work with United Nations, helping child refugees in Damascus.
“What is happening to the children of Syria is sickening,” the 38-year-old actress said in a statement, “Thousands of innocent young boys and girls have lost their lives in horrific circumstances, including in recent attacks near Damascus. And now one million Syrian children are struggling to survive as refugees in heart-breaking conditions.”
“Each one of these child refugees is an innocent victim of a senseless conflict. These vulnerable children need shelter, food and assistance. But above all, they need security,” she added, “The international community must not look away from Syria, they must renew the search for peace with urgency and determination.”
The list of celebrities affected by similar hoaxes is growing all the time, and includes Hollywood and kung fu legend Jackie Chan, Oscar-winning actors Morgan Freeman and Reese Witherspoon, comedian Bill Cosby, Robert Pattinson, Denzel Washington, Adele, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.
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