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FAKE-NEWS – ‘Tupac Shakur Alive’

by Brett M. Christensen

A report going viral via social media claims that rapper Tupac Shakur did not die in 1996 as thought but has actually been in hiding for almost 18 years.

The report says that, while it is unclear why Tupac has come out of hiding now, he has ‘already been spotted with celebrities’.

However, the claims in the report are utter nonsense. Tupac is not alive as claimed in the story.

The American rapper and actor was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada in September 1996.

The report originates on the fake-news website Huzlers.com. Huzlers, which bills itself as satirical, has been responsible for a string of nonsensical stories that have circulated virally, causing angst and confusion among recipients. Huzlers includes the following disclaimer in the footer of its web pages:

Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.

However, because Huzlers presents its stories as seemingly legitimate news reports, many readers believe the stories to be genuine and share them far and wide.

Fake-news ‘satire’ sites like Huzlers have become more common in recent years. While good satire is both important and entertaining, it is debatable if the sites that churn out these bogus ‘news’ reports are at all worthy of the term.

It is wise to check any ‘news’ reports that come your way via social media or email before you share them with others. A quick search on a news portal such as Google News will usually reveal if a celebrity death – or, in this case, celebrity not dead after all – story is true or false.

Example

After Nearly 18 Years, Tupac Shakur Now 43, Comes Out Of Hiding!

California, U.S. – Tupac Shakur who was supposedly killed at the age of 25 is now admitting he has been hiding this whole time.

Tupac Still Alive Fake News Story

Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer