In recent years, fake death reports about celebrities have been most extensive. These continued to surface because of the Internet and the social media. Many stars have been killed off by the Internet even while they're still alive and doing well. These baseless rumours either crop up on fake news sites or on a stranger's Twitter or Facebook post and instantly go viral across social media. Let us have a look at the top 10 celebrity responses to fake death reports.
On July 11, 2011, the hoax that Hugh Hefner dead of a heart attack circulated on internet. 85-year-old "Playboy" magazine founder who responded with a series of tweets confirming he was alive and well, including:"I'm happy to see how many people are pleased that I'm not dead. I'm pleased too."
On April 10, 2012, R&B singer Usher was killed by a death hoax. He responded with a tweet along with a picture with a caption: "I must've died and went to heaven... Alive and cold kickin ass!!"
On December 19, 2011, after victimised by fake death rumour Jon Bon Jovi took to his band's Facebook page and provided the clearest proof possible that the reports were false - a photo of himself holding a hand-lettered sign which read:"Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey, Dec. 19th, 2011, 6:00."
On June 25, 2009 false online report circulated on twitter claiming that actor Jeff Goldblum had died after falling from a cliff in New Zealand. Goldblum went to Comedy Central and interrupted Stephen Colbert 's show saying: "I'm so sorry to interrupt, my friend Stephen, but look, I'm not dead. In fact, last week I was not even in New Zealand!"
When Colbert told him that that police had confirmed his death, he said: "No one will miss Jeff Goldblum more than me. He was not only a friend and a mentor, but he was also... me."
Actor Morgan Freeman responded by posting a message along with a picture on his Facebook page: "Like Mark Twain, I keep reading that I have died. I hope those stories are not true... But if they are, I'm happy to report that my afterlife seems identical to my life when I was alive. I did go to Las Vegas to begin work on the film 'Last Vegas.' That is anything but a death sentence. -Morgan."
Zach Braff was declared deceased in a fake CNN article and shared the story on twitter. "Zach Braff is dead" the actor fought back with a video on YouTube saying: "I'm alive. I'm here at Scrubs shooting the new Scrubs title sequence which is a little bit like dying, so I guess that was semi-accurate. Also, I would never off myself with pills. If I had to do it, I would do it the way that everyone else would do it-by hitting myself with pots and pans."
On June 10, 2010, actor Russell Crowe was killed by a death hoax. Crowe confirming his own death via Twitter posted a message: "Unable to answer tweets fell off a mountain in Austria, all over red rover. Don't know how I got there, but the media are never wrong. G'Bye."
On September 13, 2011 the fake news that comedienne Joan Rivers had died circulated on social media. Huffington Post contacted the Rivers for a statement, she answered: "I don't know where this came from. I did very well performing this weekend in Ottawa and I didn't even bomb on stage. I think this story came from Betty White - that bitch!"
On May 4, 2011, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson supposedly died in New Zealand. He responded on Twitter the same day and posted the message: "I would love to meet the person who is starting rumours of my death - to show them how a dead foot feels up their ass."
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