Internet messages that falsely claim that a celebrity has died have been around for many a long year. In earlier times, these messages tended to be just silly poor-taste hoaxes that posed no real security threat to recipients. But, alas, the modern incarnations of these fake death messages tend to be considerably more sinister.
Circulating social media post claims that popular entertainer Beyonce has committed suicide after having dinner with Jay Z and Nicki Minaj.
Circulating “breaking news” posts claim that Donald Trump has suffered from a cardiac arrest and died while addressing the public. The posts include an image apparently depicting Trump collapsed on the stage floor after the heart attack.
“Breaking news” post circulating via social media claims that popular US actor Brad Pitt has been found dead. The post purports to be from Fox News.
“News” posts circulating via social media claim that popular American singer and actress Miley Cyrus has been found dead at her Hollywood home.