A circulating social media post is claiming that actor and comedian Eddie Murphy has been killed in a car crash.
Clicking the message opens a report about the actor’s supposed death on what appears to be a news website.
Eddie Murphy is Not Dead
However, the claims in the report are untrue. Eddie Murphy has not been killed. The story is a lie designed to trick people into visiting a fake-news website.
Sadly, while Eddie is alive and well, his older brother Charlie Murphy died in early April 2017 after battling leukaemia. It appears that the callous scammers who created the fake Eddie Murphy death story are attempting to capitalise on news of Charlie Murphy’s death.
Fake Celebrity Death Posts Link to Scam Websites
Such fake celebrity death reports are all too common. Links in the messages open click-bait websites that may contain malware, launch tech support scam browser popups, or trick people into visiting suspect survey websites.
Verify Death Reports Before Sharing or Clicking
If you receive a social media post, text message, or email claiming that a famous person has died, it is wise to verify it before sharing it or clicking any links it contains. If a celebrity has really died, news of his or her demise will be extensively covered by the mainstream media. So, searching Google News should quickly reveal if a circulating death story is true.
An example of the fake death post:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!