Being famous comes with its perks, but it also means that you have to have a strong backbone if you don’t want to get your feelings hurt. Some people feel like they can “hide” behind a computer and post whatever they want online about others, and there will be no repercussions, since they are basically hidden from view. Others think that just because a celebrity is in the public eye, those celebs are open to ridicule and prejudice from all others since they should be just simply “used to it.” There really is no reason to be mean to anyone, no matter how famous they are. Sometimes we forget that celebrities are people, too, and are just as likely to get their feelings hurt if we pretend they are dead. It really isn’t funny to pretend that someone is deceased. Some of these people have basically disappeared from the public eye, but that shouldn’t be reason to assume that they’re dead.
10. Christian Slater
In 2011, Christian Slater was reported as “dead” through a website called Global Associated News. According to the “news” site, he had fallen victim of a snowboarding accident. Of course it wasn’t true, but apparently snowboarding is the preferred method of fake untimely deaths throughout the internet. A few other celebrities who were reported dead by snowboarding were Mickey Rourke, Jim Carrey, Charlie Sheen and Sylvester Stallone.
Christian Slater was very well known in the 80s; he played a reporter in the movie Interview with the Vampire, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Heathers and The Legend of Billie Jean. Even though Christian hasn’t been seen in too many big films in recent years, there is no reason to kill him off so soon. He has been reported as dying almost every year; including just recently (in the same website, no less) that he died in another snowboarding accident last week. We can assure you that as of this publication, he is still alive and well.
9. Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby has recently been accused of doing unspeakable acts recently, and it appears that many people wish horrible things upon him. Recent tales are that the comedian has left his world. Made-up stories have gone back as far as 2010, when Bill went on The Today Show to explain to the world that he was alive and well. Rumors are circulating once again, as there is a Facebook page that states that he died a few days ago, even though there is no cause of death mentioned in any of the posts.
8. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber has had his run-ins with the law multiple times, posted inappropriate Tweets, posted half-naked for advertisements and lost his temper on several occasions. He has been caught racing his car, drinking underage and dated (on and off) pop Superstar, Selena Gomez. He has done all of this before his twenty-first birthday; which he will celebrate soon by being “roasted” on a popular television show. These may be reasons for people not to like him, but there is nothing a young person could possibly do to be considered dead if they are not actually deceased. In January 2013, a mean Tweet was spread around that Justin had died in a car crash. It had stated, “R.I.P. Justin Bieber, died crashing his Ferrari going 125 mph. He is too young to go. 1994-2013.” A year later, another Tweet was composed of a similar accident stating that the young pop star had died. It was all one big hoax; he is alive.
7. Jim Nabors
Well, gol-ly! Does anyone remember watching Gomer Pyle, USMC during the early 80s? If you remember the term, shazam!, or the term gol-ly, is imprinted in your memories from a man who was just too nice to be in the armed services, then chances are, you had seen the popular situation comedy from almost thirty years ago. According to the internet, most people think that Jim Nabors had died years ago; due to rumors spreading around Facebook. The truth is that Jim Nabors is very much alive, and last year, at 83 years old, was finally able to marry his male partner of 38 years in Seattle, Washington.
6. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods, one of the best golfers in the world, seems to have a lot of people who like to spread rumors about him. In November of 2011, he was reported to have died in a rental house that was in a resort in the Dominican Republic. Another, more recent rumor was spread last week that Tiger had died, but did not mention a reason or location of death. Tiger is very much alive and people are certainly growing rather tired of reading about his death when he is still among the living.
5. Bindi Irwin
Bindi Irwin was only a mere eight years old when she learned of her father’s death. Bindi is now sixteen years old, with a strong resemblance to the late Steve Irwin. Bindi, her brother, Robert and their mother Terri, were left behind after their father was killed in 2006 by a stingray, while filming an episode of The Crocodile Hunter. Out of respect for the family, the details of the film from that fateful day have not been released, nor have any of the details surrounding the death of their beloved father and husband. Apparently, this makes people somewhat angry and they have had multiple fake reports of the teen’s death. For the last two years, people have reported that Bindi has died from different causes; from falling off of a cliff while on vacation, to dying while in Hong Kong. It is too bad that people have nothing better to do than to make up false stories of a child dying. This is not considered a joke, it is just pure heartlessness.
Apparently, February must be a slow news month since there has been a lot of “deaths” occurring in Hollywood. Eminem is one of those who have fallen to the “celebrity death hoax,” and rumors are spreading like wildfire throughout Facebook and Twitter, claiming that the rapper is no longer among the living. The post that was comprised on Facebook was strangely similar to others who were said to be deceased. “He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page,” is what was written among the fake Facebook page that was created for honoring Eminem. Even though the page had almost a million likes, Eminem is not actually dead.
3. Adam Levine
On a Facebook page created purely for remembering Adam Levine, it states, “He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.” It is really sad that people are so eager to get likes that they feel the need to make up stories about others dying. Adam Levine is currently on the popular competition show The Voice, so it would be fairly simple to find out the truth before spreading horrible rumors about the talented musician. Adam is very much alive, and there is no need to comment on or like a page that says otherwise.
2. Donald Trump
In 2013, a rumor had started that Donald Trump had died. This one, however, had some truth to it. During the television show Celebrity Apprentice, there was a competition where a look-alike was needed and the Donald Trump impersonator that was going to be used, died. There was a large mix-up and a story was released that the real Donald had passed on. A Facebook page called, “R.I.P. Donald Trump” was made and earned a million fans, along with a Twitter feed regarding the apparent death and many other websites throughout the internet. Eventually, people found out that “The Donald” really was alive and the Facebook page was taken down.
1. Betty White
Poor Betty. It seems like every other month, someone is “offing” her on Facebook. Betty White may be 93 years old, but she is definitely alive and kicking! The beautiful actress is an author, producer and radio host that has been on television for over seventy years! She is even in the Guinness Book of World Records for “having the longest television career for a female entertainer.” This is the one person on this list that almost everyone believes the death hoaxes when they read it, since she is almost a century, when it comes to her age. She does not act her age, that is for sure. Betty appears on two shows at the moment, Hot in Cleveland and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, where she and her elderly friends play practical jokes on the non-expecting public. She may be 93, but Betty still has many years left in her, so hopefully the rumors of her death will stop. That is one subject that is no laughing matter.