Celebrities Celebrities Killed by the Internet  

Ivana Wynn
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The internet's a killer. Twitter and other social media sites have a way of spreading news like wildfire, especially when it comes to a celebrity's untimely "demise." Over the years, the internet has helped fake death stories go viral within a matter of hours, fooling the average person (and sometimes even close friends of the celeb in question) into believing that yet another beloved star has shuffled off this moral coil. Which celebrities have been the subject of death hoaxes, "killed" by the internet?

No one is safe from death hoaxes, not even top famous people like Oprah! Which other famous celebrities have supposedly died, despite concert performances and active Twitter lives following their dates of death? The musicians, actors, and other celebrities on this list have all woken up to find... that according to the internet, they're goners.

Did Paris Hilton really die? Read through the list below to find out the fates of these celebrities, who have been reported dead, only to turn up alive and well, the victims of completely false death rumors.
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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrities Killed by the Internet
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Announcement of Death:
Miley Cyrus is the latest celebrity to be the victim of an online death hoax. The hoax started as a Facebook scam on July 19, 2014, designed to lure people to click through and take an online survey. The photo of Miley "overdosing" made the rounds with the alarming headline: "{SHOCKING} Miley Cyrus Found Dead In Her Los Angeles Home!" Source

Miley Cyrus has terrible luck with the internet and should probably just stay away from it permanently. In September 2008, another death hoax was posted on Yahoo! saying that Cyrus had died in a car accident.

Cyrus Still Alive:
Miley successfully survived both death hoaxes. 
After the first incident in 2008, Cyrus's appearance at her concert in New York disproved the hoax. The second time around, she posted a topless photo on her Instagram as proof that she was still alive and well. 

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrities Killed by the Internet
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Fans of comedienne and actress Betty White inadvertently made her the subject of a death hoax in 2014, when they misread the title of a satirical news article posted on Empire News titled "Actress Betty White, 92, Dyes Peacefully In Her Los Angeles Home." Those who read the headline, but neglected to not the difference between "dies" and "dyes," took to social media proclaiming the "Golden Girls" star as having died. The article was actually a tongue-in-cheek fake interview with White about the color of her hair.

White's agent confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that the star was alive and well.


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Norman Reedus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrities Killed by the Internet
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Announcement of Death:
Norman Reedus, who plays the popular character Darryl Dixon on AMC's "The Walking Dead," was said to have been killed in a motor vehicle accident on June 1, 2014. The news was reported via Twitter and Facebook posts linking to a story about the actor's death.

Reedus Still Alive:
The zombie killer with a heart of (mostly) gold was seen with "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) at the Variety studios around the time of his supposed death and has been consistently tweeting since the time of his "death." Shortly after the hoax was announced, Reedus even tweeted a still of himself in the trunk of a broken down car from the set of "The Walking Dead," perhaps as a tongue-in-cheek response to the hoax.


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Wayne Knight is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrities Killed by the Internet
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Announcement of Death:
The actor best known for his roles as Newman on "Seinfeld" and in Jurassic Park was reported dead, along with two others, after being struck by a tractor trailer along Route 446 near the New York-Pennsylvania border. The news was reported by US Magazine on March 16th 2014.

Knight Still Alive:
In order to counteract the rumors of his demise, Knight took to Twitter to announce that he is alive and well. “Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed… but I am alive and well!” tweeted the actor. Though he wasn't involved in the accident, apparently it was a real story. Tragically, a woman was found dead and the two other victims were in critical condition after crossed into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer.


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