News of a celebrity’s death travels quickly, through the news, blogs, tabloids and social networking sites. Recently, celebrity deaths have been being reported at a much higher rate than normal. These deaths include Owen Wilson, Eddie Murphy, Charlie Sheen, Adam Sandler, Morgan Freeman and Aaron Carter. All of these deaths, however, have been concluded to be hoaxes. Coincidentally, many of these rumors revolve around snowboarding accidents.
Morgan Freeman was reported to have died on December 16th, 2010 in his Burbank home. There was some confusion that CNN falsely reported the death, but it turned out a twitter used made it appear as though he was retweeting from CNN’s twitter, when he was not.
Charlie Sheen was reported to have died following a snowboarding accident in Switzerland on December 26th, 2010. Sheen’s ex-wife, Denise Richards, quickly debunked the rumors by posting to her twitter account, “The rumor about Charlie Sheen is not true. He is alive and on his way over to see his daughters.”
Aretha Franklin was reported to have died due to cancer on December 27th, 2010. A source told the press that Franklin is “home, alive and recovering.”
Aaron Carter was reported to have died of a drug overdose on December 27th, 2010. Carter debunked the rumors himself from his personal twitter account, stating, “This is the real Aaron Carter I know there’s a Hoax Going Around, But I’m Here, Alive & Well. At the compound Working on my mind & soul.”
Adam Sandler was reported to have died following a snowboarding accident in Switzerland on December 28th, 2010. It has been confirmed that this death was just another celebrity targeted by an elaborate hoax.
Owen Wilson was reported to have died in Switzerland following a snowboarding accident on December 29th, 2010. The report stated, “”Wilson lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed… Wilson was air lifted by ski patrol teams to a local hospital, however, it is believed that the actor died instantly from the impact of the crash.” A representative of Wilson has confirmed that the rumor is “absolutely false.”
Eddie Murphy was reported to have died following a snowboarding accident on December 29th, 2010 at a ski resort in Switzerland. A representative of Murphy quickly confirmed that the rumor was false, stating, “The last place Eddie would be is snowboarding in Switzerland. He’s alive and well.”