Morgan Freeman was declared dead in September 2012, sparking panic among fans. However, the rumor has now been proven to to be another death hoax and the actor has been reported to be alive and well.
A Facebook group was established earlier this week reporting that the actor had passed away, sparking a flurry of rumors and reports spreading across the Internet.
However, one angry fan wrote: “What a jerk you are for writing this. Get a life!!”
Some fans have been expressing their distress at the news, although others immediately identified the report as a hoax and attempted to reassure others that Freeman was in fact still alive.
Others have been joking about the incident, saying that Freeman was God – a reference to his part in “Bruce Almighty” and “Evan Almighty” where he played the character of God.
The Facebook group that declared the death hoax has been “Liked” by more than 59,000 people, with many fans leaving their messages of condolences as posts under the news.
Celebrity death hoaxes have become increasingly popular over recent months, and numerous websites have attempted to “kill off” famous celebrities in the hopes of gaining attention to their claims.
Last week Eddie Murphy was reported as dead by Global Associated News – a website which has now become notorious for faking death claims of the rich and famous.
According to the GAN: “The actor & novice snowboarder was vacationing at the Zermatt ski resort in Zermatt, Switzerland with family and friends. Witnesses indicate that Eddie Murphy lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed.”
That fake report also sparked a wave of concerned fans to take to social media sites discussing the death.
However, for the eagle eyed readers there was a disclaimer contained at the bottom of the GAN article explaining that the story was completely fake and fabricated for “entertainment purposes.”
Other fake celebrity deaths recently have been Bill Cosby, who said it was “not funny,” as well as Rihanna, and British actor Robert Pattinson.
Different memes and comics have been created on this rumor, posted on Facebook and Twitter.
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