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People Who Create Death Hoaxes Are Contemptible

by Brett M. Christensen

Sadly, you can just about guarantee that a new celebrity death hoax will appear on one of your social media feeds every few weeks.

Some of the death messages are just nasty and malicious pranks. Others are designed to drive people to fraudulent websites that contain malware or other malicious content.

These hoaxes make me very angry. What types of people are so callous and self-serving as to falsely claim that a fellow human has died just to further their own nefarious goals?  It doesn’t matter if the targeted person is a celebrity. Famous or not, these people are just like the rest of us, at the end of the day. They have family and friends who love and value them and they certainly do not deserve to be targeted via these despicable death hoaxes. 

And, even more disturbingly, at least a few of these celebrity death hoaxes claim that the targeted celebrity took his or her own life. Mental health studies suggest that there is an increase in suicide rates after media reports about celebrity suicides. Thus, a hoax that distributes heinous lies about the supposed suicide of a celebrity could have tragic consequences for vulnerable fans and their families.

Falsely claiming that someone has died is simply immoral. The people who create these hoaxes have no place on our social networks and deserve only our derision and contempt.

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