Celebrities and popular figures around the world have always been subject to hoax death calls on media. This has been done by medias widely for pure popularity. Some celebrities have even faked their own death to become popular in the world. But, sometimes the already famous people are accidentally or even mistakenly declared as dead by media. We have a list of ten already popular people who have been subject to false claims about their death by media reports. Here is a list of 10 famous people who were dead due to such false media reports:
10. Avril Lavigne
The Canadian singer-songwriter and actress Avril Lavigne made headlines on many media in 2003. There’s a bizarre conspiracy theory that the successful singer died in 2003 and it went viral all over the internet. According to the viral news, the actress was found dead in her room because she was depressed by her granddad’s death. An impostor called Melissa Vandella is the fake Lavigne. There are many conspiracy theories regarding her death where one of the theory says that the ‘fake’ Lavigne after 2003 is having a different nose and shorter in height. Before 2003, Google listed Lavigne’s height as 5 ft 2 and after 2003 as 5 ft 1. There’s no proof that the singer died in 2003 and we don’t know what exactly the truth is.
9. Matt Damon
The famous American actor, film producer, and screenwriter Matt Damon is one among Forbes magazine’s most bankable stars and is also one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. In 2009, according to an internet rumor Matt Damon had been killed after falling off the Palos Verdes Mountain in California. Matt Damon condemned journalists for ‘silly’ death rumors At a news conference for The Informant! during the 34th Toronto International Film Festival, .
8. Axl Rose
Axl Rose, a famous American singer, songwriter, record producer and musician has been a victim to the hoax regarding his death. The Guns N’ Roses lead singer has been known as the greatest singers of all time by various media outlets, including Rolling Stone and NME. Rose is known for his powerful and wide vocal range and energetic live performances. In 2014, according to a fake MSNBC report which read as “Axl Rose Found Dead in West Hollywood Home at Age 52”. Rose tweeted off immediately as “If I’m dead do I still have to pay taxes?” His twin albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II (1991), were also widely successful; they respectively debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and have sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide.
7. Macaulay Culkin
Macaulay Culkin became famous as a child actor known for his role as Kevin McCallister in the family comedy Home Alone (1990). The actor was subject to the media hoaxes after a story made the rounds on social media that Macaulay Culkin is dead. The 2014 story about Culkin’s death proved to be false after Culkin responds by an Instagram parody of ’80s film Weekend At Bernie’s. Culkin has been VH1‘s list of the “100 Greatest Kid-Stars” and E!‘s list of the “50 Greatest Child Stars”. The actor has lately been known for his association with his comedy rock band, The Pizza Underground.
6. Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney is one of the most popular English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer in the world. There are many conspiracy theories circulating which states that McCartney is dead long back. According to one of the conspiracy theories McCartney’s look-alike has become the new replacement since 1966. The rumor states that Paul McCartney got killed in a car crash after a January 1967 traffic accident involving his Aston Martin. There are no reports with proper evidences that Paul McCartney is dead. McCartney raised to worldwide fame with the rock band The Beatles which is one of the most influential groups in the history of pop music. Did McCartney really die in 1966? Who is the new McCartney after 1966? These are some of the mysteries surrounding the legend.
5. Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs is world-famous for his association with Apple Inc. The famous Bloomberg news wire on August 28, 2008 erroneously published an incomplete obituary of Apple founder and chief executive Steve Jobs. Officially on October 5, 2011 Jobs died of respiratory arrest. In 2003, he had been diagnosing with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. The stock obituary went live only “momentarily” after a routine update by a reporter, said Bloomberg. The obituary left blank spaces for Jobs’s age and cause of death. During this time period, Jobs was reluctant to discuss publicly about his health.
4. Mark Twain
His original name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens who later went on to become the famous Mark Twain. Mark Twain was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer. He became famous for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). It is highly coincidental that Mark Twain was declared as dead twice – once in 1897 by a journalist and then on 4 May 1907 by the New York Times. In 1897, Twain recounted about the false report by his famous words “The report of my death was an exaggeration”.
3. Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan was an American professional basketball player. The sports personality is responsible for popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2015, a fake report regarding the dead of Jordan went viral on social media. Jordan became a victim of death hoax similar to many celebrities around the world. This one was a pure scam. According to the fake report, Jordan was found dead at his residence. However, it was later made clear that Jordan is fine and well by counter reports.
2. Jon Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi is a popular American rock band and an album by Jon Bon Jovi himself. Jon Bon Jovi is the lead singer of the rock band. The band has sold more than 130 million records worldwide. In 2011, Jon Bon Jovi was subject a widespread rumor on social media that he has met an untimely death. The influential musician tweeted a humorous photograph in response to Internet rumors suggesting he had died. According to one of the hoax claims, Jovi went into cardiac arrest at the Empress Hotel in his home state of New Jersey and died later in the evening.
1. Nicolas Cage
The popular American actor and director Nicolas Cage was subject to death hoax in 2016. According to the report circulating via social media which claims that popular US actor Nicolas Cage has died in a motorcycle accident. The report has turned out to be a scam. The news purports to be from CNN and tricks users into paying fees for rogue antivirus scanners or divulging their personal information. He won an Academy award for best actor in a leading role in the film Leaving Las Vegas in 1995. Cage has been part of a variety of films which ranges from romantic comedies to science fiction and action films.
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