#RIP: 16 Celebrities the Rumor Mill Has ‘Killed’
With the rise of social media and Twitter in particular, celebrity death hoaxes have become increasingly prevalent as the hashtag #RIP[insert celebrity's name] spreads quickly across the Internet without any actual proof of the star’s death. These instances can teach us all a lesson in the importance of citing your sources and how easy it is to spread misinformation online, though for some, the spreading of such rumors is intentional. There’s even a website called fakeawish.com in which users can insert a celebrity’s name and generate outlandish death stories into fake news site templates.
The website Global Associated News is also well-known for propagating such hoaxes. Some celebrities take these incidences in stride and laugh them off (Jeff Goldblum, Reba McEntire), while others appear to be genuinely offended and say that their loved ones were truly worried about them after the news broke (Chloe Grace Mortez.) Here’s a look at 16 of the most famous celebrity death hoaxes and rumors.
Cher’s death rumor is interesting because no one started it on purpose, and it wasn’t even her death the trending hashtag was referring to. In April of last year, after the controversial former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died, opponents began spreading the hashtag #nowthatchersdead, which was unfortunately misread by many, including Kim Kardashian. Thatcher had some controversial conservative policies that made many of her opponents happy to discuss on Twitter what they were going to do #nowthatchersdead, but for some the hashtag did not spread joy and instead announced the death of a beloved entertainer.