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.
Out of self-imposed public exile, Kanye West has announced he will be releasing a book on philosophy, ‘Break the Simulation,’ as well as a short seven-song surprise album on June 1, with a second album following on June 8 in collaboration with Kid Cudi.
An auction of costumes, memorabilia and other items owned by Zsa Zsa Gabor have sold for more than $900,000, including a $20K diamond-and-gold necklace with Gabor's catchphrase “dah-ling” and a $24K grand piano. The actress and socialite died in 2016 at the age of 99.
Janice Dickinson told a jury at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial that the comedian drugged and raped her in 1982. The “world’s first supermodel” was one of five additional accusers to testify. “I didn’t consent to this. Here was ‘America’s Dad,’ on top of me,” she said.
Mariah Carey revealed her bipolar disorder diagnosis to ‘People’ magazine. Although she was first diagnosed in 2001, she “didn’t want to believe it” and only recently sought treatment after “the hardest couple of years I’ve been through.” She’s now in therapy and on medication.
Russell Crowe held an auction of personal artifacts in Australia to celebrate his near-finalized divorce to Danielle Spencer. The actor netted roughly $2.8 million USD for movie memorabilia, diamond jewelry, artwork, sports collectibles and a dinosaur skull sold to him by Leo DiCaprio.
Tina Turner told ‘The Times’ that she has forgiven ex-husband and bandmate Ike Turner, who died in 2007, for years of abuse. “As an old person, I have forgiven him, but it would not work with him...Ike wasn’t someone you could forgive and allow him back in,” she said.
Miley Cyrus is facing a $300 million copyright infringement over her 2013 hit ‘We Can’t Stop.’ Jamaican singer and songwriter Michael May alleges the lyrics “We run things / Things don’t run we” and that significant vocal melody, rhythm, cadence and inflection were taken from his 1988 song.
Former President Obama is in negotiations with Netflix to produce a series of shows, according to ‘The New York Times.’ The shows, produced by the former first couple and highlighting inspirational stories, are evidence that the Obamas intend to remain engaged in civics.
Academy Award-winning Scottish actor Sean Connery is best known for playing 007 in the first James Bond spy movies. He has also starred in an array of other projects, including 'Robin and Marian,' 'The Name of the Rose,' 'The Untouchables,' 'The Hunt for Red October' and 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.'
James Earl Jones is the American actor who voiced Darth Vader in the 'Star Wars' franchise. He's also known for films like 'The Great White Hope,' 'The Hunt for Red October' and 'Field of Dreams' as well as an array of TV shows.