Posts claiming that US comedian and actor Martin Lawrence has died are circulating vigorously via social media.
Many of the posts link back to a ‘news’ report published on website ‘Elite Jamaica’ that claims that Lawrence was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room. The same report was published in March 2015 on NewsBuzzDaily.com and has since been republished on a number of other websites.
It appears that Elite Jamaica lifted the report from the earlier NewsBuzzDaily story.
According to the report, Lawrence had been dead in the room for several days and his body was only discovered after he failed to check out of the hotel as scheduled.
However, the rumours are untrue and the supposed news report is fake. Martin Lawrence is alive and well and has been active on social media well after the time of his supposed demise.
Martin made fun of the death hoax on Twitter by posting the following:
I’m coming back from the dead for an exclusive, LIVE video chat…
NewsBuzzDaily.com is a fake-news website that bills itself as satirical. The site includes the following disclaimer in the footer of its pages:
NewsBuzzDaily.com is a combination of real shocking news and satire news. Please note that articles written on this site are for entertainment and satirical purposes only.
Nothing published on NewsBuzzDaily should be taken seriously.
‘Bad Boy Star’ Martin Lawrence Found Dead In Hotel
Comedian Martin Lawrence was found dead inside of a Los Angeles hotel this morning. Lawrence was scheduled to checkout this morning after 10 AM. At approximately 10:15 AM, a maid named Verna Del Sosa went to Lawrence’s room to clean and thats when Lawrence’s body was discovered on the floor.
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!