Yet another fake death report is circulating via social media. The report claims that South African Paralympic gold medallist and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has hanged himself in his prison cell.
There is no truth to the claims. Oscar Pistorius has not committed suicide. There are no credible news reports that support the death claims.
The false report comes from a dodgy “news” website called “City Herald”. The site mixes factual reports with reports that are simply made up and makes no effort to differentiate between the two.
Hoax-news reports that claim that a famous person has committed suicide are especially reprehensible and the people who perpetrate them are beneath contempt. Mental health experts have found an increase in suicide rates after media reports about celebrity suicides. Thus, a heinous hoax report like this one could have deadly consequences.
Scammers and peddlers of hoax-news regularly publish false reports claiming that a famous person has died in order to trick people into visiting scam websites. It is thus wise to verify any celebrity death posts that come your way before you click on them or share them with others.
If a famous – or infamous – person does die, then main stream news outlets around the world will be sure to cover it. So, a quick search on a news portal such as Google News will likely reveal if a circulating celebrity death report is true.
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