Above image by Matthew Lamb via Wikimedia Commons
Rumours claiming that Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has died have been spreading rapidly via Twitter and Facebook. The rumours took hold after a false death date was added to Nick Mason’s Wikipedia page on March 1st, 2018.
Thankfully, the rumours are untrue. Nick Mason is alive and well.
Nick himself has denied the rumours via posts on his official Facebook Page and Twitter feed:
Recent reports of my passing have been greatly exaggerated……i think? pic.twitter.com/UEGLtoEGuP
— Nick Mason (@nickmasondrums) March 8, 2018
The rumours were no doubt fueled by false information displayed at the top of some Google searches about Nick Mason. For example, at the time of writing, a search for “Nick Mason died” displays the following top panels :
The mistaken information on the Google searches was derived from a false entry added to the Nick Mason Wikipedia page on March 1st, 2018:
This false information was removed from the Wikipedia page soon after it was added. But, not before Google incorporated the false death information into its search results.
The mistaken Google search entries will likely stop appearing soon.
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!