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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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!