“News” posts circulating via social media claim that popular American singer and actress Miley Cyrus has been found dead at her Hollywood home.
Miley Cyrus is not dead. The posts are just a callous attempt to trick fans of the young singer into visiting a scammy clickbait fake-news website and sharing its bogus material. If one of these fake death reports comes your way, do not click on it and do not share it with others.
MILEY CYRUS FOUND DEAD IN HER HOLLYWOOD HOME AT THE AGE OF 22
News 8 Hollywood, CA – Miley Cyrus’ lifeless body was found by her entourage in a bathtub at her Hollywood home on Wednesday, authorities revealed. Los Angeles investigators are trying to determine the cause of death.
According to a “breaking news” post that is circulating rapidly via social media websites, American singer and actress Miley Cyrus has been found dead in her Hollywood home at the age of 22. The post, which features images of Miley and her home, comes from a website called “Now8News”.
If you click the post, you will be taken to a report on the Now8News website. The report claims that the star’s lifeless body was found by her entourage in a bathtub at her Hollywood home and implies that she may have “drowned from a prescription pill overdose”.
However, the claims are untrue. Miley Cyrus has not died. She is alive and well. Now8News is a clickbait fake-news website that regularly churns out nonsensical stories disguised as real news. The site creates such false stories in order to trick people into visiting and sharing.
Miley Cyrus has already been targeted in a number of similar false death reports in recent years. As have many other celebrities. Online scammers and pranksters know all too well that sending out a false report about the death of a famous person is a surefire way of gaining shares and increasing website traffic.
Thus, it is wise to be cautious of any circulating social media posts that claim that a celebrity has died. It is a good idea to verify such posts before you click on them or share them. If a celebrity really does die, the news is always extensively covered by the mainstream news media. So, searching on a news aggregator such as Google News should quickly reveal if a circulating celebrity death report is true.
Last updated: September 6, 2016
First published: September 6, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen