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Hurricane News Archives >> February 6-10, 2012
Wallace Coleman Back in Morristown 2/6/2012
Cop Sued After Asking Woman Out 2/6/2012
Registering to Vote! 2/6/2012
2012 Winter X-Games 2/6/2012
Last Week In Music 2/6/2012
The History of Valentine’s Day 2/6/2012
The Comic Book of Social Networking 2/6/2012
Celebrity Death Hoaxes 2/6/2012

MACEY BARNARD

EDITORIALS           

What does Cher (with help from Kim K.), Rihanna, Taylor Lautner, Jon Bon Jovi, Lindsay Lohan, Justin Bieber, Will Smith, Paris Hilton, Johnny Knoxville, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Adam Sandler all have in common? They are all victims of the celebrity death hoax. The celebrity death hoax is an intentional or confused report of someone’s death or possibly faked death. With the invention of the internet, and with the help of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, false information can be passed along very quickly.

Celebrity death hoaxes are not new events. They started back in the 1940’s with the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The largest in history was the alleged death of Paul McCartney in the “Paul is Dead” rumor of the late 1960’s. When Michael Jackson died in 2009, there was an increase in the number of celebrity death hoaxes.

Also, there is the opposite trend called death denial rumors. Despite official death announcements, there are claims that a person is still alive. Elvis Presley is the most popular, along with Tupac Shakur, and plane hijacker and thief of the 1970’s, D.B. Cooper.


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