death hoax is a deliberate or confused report of someone's death that turns out to be incorrect [1 ] [2 ] and [3 ] murder rumors. In some cases it might be because the person has intentionally [3 ] faked death.
Celebrity death hoaxes [ edit ]
In recent years fake death hoaxes about
celebrities have been most widely perpetuated via the Internet. However they are not a new phenomenon; in 1945 following the death of Franklin Roosevelt there were hoax reports of the deaths of Charlie Chaplin and Frank Sinatra, among other celebrities of the time. [1 ] Possibly the most famous hoax of this type was the [4 ] "Paul (McCartney) is dead" rumour of the late 1960s.
Hoaxes about the death of a celebrity increase in frequency when genuine celebrity deaths occur. With the
2009 death of Michael Jackson, which closely coincided with the deaths of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Billy Mays, hoax reports emerged concerning the deaths of a number of celebrities. [5 ]
Death denial rumors [ edit ]
An opposite phenomenon is death denial rumors: claims that a person being alive, despite official announcements of death.
Notable cases are [2 ] Elvis Presley, Andy Kaufman and Tupac Shakur.
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b "Celebrity Death Hoaxes". MSN UK. 2009-07-01 . Retrieved 2009-07-02.
^ a b "Hippo eats dwarf: a field guide to hoaxes and other B.S.", by Alex Boese, 2006, ISBN 0-15-603083-7 , pp. 261, 262
^ a b "Ordinary reactions to extraordinary events", by Ray Broadus Browne, Arthur G. Neal, 2001, ISBN 0-87972-834-5, chapter "Dead or Alive", pp. 21-42
^ "FLOOD OF RUMORS GIVES CITY JITTERS". NY Times. 1945-04-14 . Retrieved 2009-07-02.
^ "Celebrity hoaxes continue after Jackson death". Ninemsn Australia. 2009-07-01 . Retrieved 2009-07-02.