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.
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!