5 Hollywood Death Hoaxes the World Almost Believed

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July 21, 2014 11:59 AM EST

Every now and then, people get shocking news about their favourite celebrity suddenly dying or disappearing. Such is the life of a worldwide celebrity -- and while some of these are actually humorous, others have become borderline destructive.

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Musician Adam Levine (L) and model Behati Prinsloo arrive at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood, California March 2, 2014.

Although the news would stir for a few hours, often, official sources or the celebrity himself would debunk the rumors and prove that they are alive and well. Some of these deaths have circulated so effectively that thousands actually believed they were true.

1. Adam Levine

The frontman of Maroon 5 was reported to have died on March 26, 2014 due to drug overdose. The story was initiated online and started to spread on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Users were asked to like or share the report and photo of the artist if they sympathise. The next day, the singer's representative immediately refuted that Levine died and said that he was very much alive and healthy.

2. Justin Bieber

On January 8, 2014, social media site Twitter were filled with messages and retweets that the Canadian singer died in a car crash.

"RIP Justin Bieber. No one should go that early," read the tweet. Thousands of fans shared their sorrow throughout the site. However, Bieber's representatives stayed quiet the entire time and just ignored the rumor until it completely died down. Apparently, they are already used to such hoaxes.

3. Jon Bon Jovi

During the Christmas of 2011, Goho, the vocalist of Minutia, started the rumor that the "Bed of Roses" singer died after suffering from a coma. Goho said that he did it since Bon Jovi was a "household name" that could easily get recognize and perhaps bring him some attention. Bon Jovi posted a photo of himself with a sign that read, "Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey." He also appeared on the same night at the Hope Show in Red Bank.

4. Jackie Chan

In 2013, rumors circulated that the "Rush Hour" actor died after attempting a dangerous stunt while filming. His manager called him up immediately to which Chan responded, proving that he was alive. He appeared on "The Arsenio Hall Show" and explained, "My manager called me in the United States asking, 'Are you okay?' 'I'm okay.' Everybody thought you'd died this morning! 'What!' I said. 'No, no... don't worry, before I die I'll call you'."

5. Russell Crowe When news of the "Gladiator" actor spread, he tweeted on the same day.

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Musician Adam Levine (L) and model Behati Prinsloo arrive at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood, California March 2, 2014.
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