According to a report circulating via social media and the blogosphere, Steve Burns, former host of popular children’s TV show Blue’s Clues, has died in a car accident.
The report claims that the US entertainer was killed in a one-car crash in Pennsylvania.
However, the claims in the report are false. Steve Burns is not dead. There are no credible news sources that support the claims in the report.
The @SteveBurnsAlive twitter account sums up the issue rather eloquently with the following post:
I think the worst part about the latest rumor of my demise is that in it I was driving a Dodge Charger. Still arguably #alive, folks. Sorry.
In fact, Steve has been the subject of a number of death hoaxes over many years.
The false death report comes from a dodgy fake-news website called msmbc.com. This nasty clickbait website churns out a stream of ‘shocking’ and entirely fictional stories disguised as news. The fake news site tries to further the illusion of legitimacy by using a name very similar to the genuine news site msnbc.
The goal of the site’s owners is to trick as many people as possible into visiting and sharing its fake material, thereby increasing advertising revenue.
Nothing published on the website should be taken seriously. It is wise to check any social media reports that claim a celebrity has died before sharing them. If a famous person really does die, the news will be extensively covered by the mainstream media and should be easily verified via an online news search.
Blues Clues’ Steve Burns dies in car accident at age 42
Steve Burns, 42, was killed in a one-car crash in Pennsylvania, a local coroner said Friday.
Burns was pronounced dead at 7:11 p.m. Friday at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, Berks County Coroner Randall Wiseman told The Associated Press.