Celebrity Death Hoaxes
Because they're in the public eye, celebrities are subject to being the butt of many jokes, and on the Internet, it seems the best way to knock 'em dead is to ... well, claim that they're dead. Among the most famous celebrity death hoaxes, favorites include Bill Cosby, Margaret Thatcher, Barack Obama, Britney Spears, Sean Connery, Eddie Murphy and Morgan Freeman, among many others.
Featured Celebrity Death Hoaxes
Prime Minister / 1925 - 2013
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher fell victim to a death hoax in 2012, when a Twitter account claiming to be an official news site posted that she died of a "prolongued illness."
Film Actress, Television Actress, Singer / 1992 -
When hackers broke into Miley Cyrus's Miley and Mandy Show YouTube account in 2008, they uploaded a sentimental "goodbye" video of the singer, and erroneously posted that she had been killed in an accident by a drunk driver.
Writer / 1835 - 1910
In June 1897, the New York Journal mistakenly published that writer Mark Twain, who was alive and well at the time. Of the error, Twain famously stated, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."
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profile name: Eddie Murphy profile occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Director
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profile name: Barack Obama profile occupation: Lawyer, U.S. President, U.S. Representative
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profile name: Margaret Thatcher profile occupation: Prime Minister
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profile name: Bill Cosby profile occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Television Producer
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profile name: Miley Cyrus profile occupation: Film Actress, Television Actress, Singer
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