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.