Eddie Murphy goes to watch the Lakers game at the Staples centre in Los Angeles. (March 2, 2012)
*For the third time in three months, rumors that Eddie Murphy has died are making its way across social media sites and Twitter — with reports this time that he was killed in a snowboarding accident in Zermatt, Switzerland.
And again, the reports are 100 percent false.
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According to E! News, the rumors come from pranksters at the Global Associated News, the architect of several similar hoaxes—whether it was falling off a cliff in New Zealand (the purported fate of Jeff Goldbum) or the ill-timed mishaps in the Swiss and Austrian Alps that supposedly took the lives of Adam Sandler, Charlie Sheen and Ryan Gosling in addition to Murphy.
The comedian-turned actor, as with all of the talent mentioned above, are alive and well.
*Twitter and even YouTube have been feeding off an Internet hoax that surfaced this morning claiming Chris Brown had died.
According to E! Online, the folks perpetrating the fake report shunned the usual way of doing it: tweeting the hashtag “RIP” next to the celebrity’s name. These people instead flooded the comments section of Chris Brown’s videos on his official YouTube channel with messages mourning his fake passing.
“Rest in peace – may you be greeted in heaven by seventy virgins and a baseballbat,” read a liberally thumbed comment on “Turn Up the Music.” “I know that’s what you always wanted.”
“I didn’t like him as a person, I don’t like his music, but still I believe that no-one should die at such a young age,” read another. “RIP Chris, you’ll be beating women in hell from now to eternity.”
“R.I.P. Chris Brown :(,” began the list of comments on “She Ain’t You,” followed in quick succession by “Goodbye x,” and the ever popular “RIP C Breezy.”
Too Short attends Cash Money Records' Lil Wayne album release party for "Tha Carter IV" at Boulevard3 on Aug. 28, 2011 in Los Angeles
*Rapper Too Short had to spend much of Tuesday trying to convince people that he’s not dead.
Rumors of his death spread across the Internet after a prank story reported that he suffered a fatal heart attack. Then someone attempted to change his Wikipedia page to reflect the untrue report.
In fact, the Oakland rapper has been busy in the studio recording a new album.
He took a break to tweet the truth to his followers: “Stop calling my phone. I’m not dead. Been in the lab working on my 19th album… Are u (sic) serious? How did they say I died this time? And when did Wikipidia (sic) & Twitter become reliable news sources???…
“Thanks for the calls, texts, emails & tweets. It’s good to know y’all got love for me. ReTweet it & Facebook post it. 2Short’s Alive.”
*Etta James’ son is dismissing reports that the ailing R&B legend has died.
The 73-year-old has been in and out of the hospital in recent months undergoing treatment for leukemia and was admitted to a California medical center in May after she was diagnosed with a potentially deadly sepsis problem, caused by a urinary tract infection.
A fake website made to look like Tmz.com surfaced late on Wednesday and reported the music icon had passed away. The bogus news quickly spread across the internet and Twitter.
But James’ son Donto shot down the false reports this morning, telling the Los Angeles Times, “She’s fine. I just saw her last night and she was fine.”
James, who was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2009, has been out of the spotlight for a number of years and is currently being cared for at her home in Riverside, California.
*Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s two youngest children are making headlines today over having to deny false reports .
A rep for Jaden Smith had to come out and announce that the teen actor is alive and well after a bogus Internet report had him dead from a snowboarding accident in Switzerland.
“It’s absolutely not true,” the rep tells TMZ.com.
Meanwhile, the Twitter account of his sister Willow was reportedly this week – with the hacker sending out a tweet commenting on the “Good Morning America” outburst by Chris Brown.
“So Chris Brown is going to prison now breaking a window at ABC, but he didn’t go for hurting Rihanna? #karma,” the tweet stated.
According to SOHH.com, the post also linked to a story that incorrectly stated Brown was headed to jail following his rampage. As previously reported, “GMA” did not press charges against Brown, nor did Brown violate his probation.
The tweet was soon deleted…but screen shots were captured and has helped to give the story momentum across the web. Now, her management at Jay-Z’s Roc Nation is saying Willow’s account was hacked.
But was it really?