Update – November 2018:
While the claim that Tom Kenny has died is a hoax, it is TRUE that Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants has died.
Circulating social media posts claim that Tom Kenny, the actor who supplied the voice of much-loved children’s character SpongeBob SquarePants has died.
The claims are untrue. Tom Kenny is alive and well. This is just one more in a long series of celebrity death hoaxes. The hoax, which began on Twitter, appears to be an attempt by some Twitter users to gain large numbers of retweets and new followers. The bogus story has now spread to Facebook and other social media sites.
These messages, which are currently going viral via Twitter and Facebook, claim that Tom Kenny, the man who provided the voice of loved cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants, has died.
However, the claims in the messages are outright lies. Tom Kenny is alive and well. There are no credible news reports about the death claims other than those denouncing them as hoaxes. In fact, this is just the latest in a long and sorry series of similar celebrity death hoaxes that have plagued email inboxes and social media sites for years.
In recent months, such death hoaxes have significantly increased in frequency, with several often circulating simultaneously.
This version began its life on Twitter, apparently created by some lowlife individual whose goal was simply to amass a great many retweets and gain new Twitter followers. The Twitter posts soon spawned similar notices on Facebook and other social media sites.
Given the number of such celebrity death hoaxes that have circulated recently, social media users would be wise to check the veracity of any death rumours that come their way before reposting them.
The mainstream media is sure to publish information about the death of any celebrity or well-known person. Thus, a simple search of a news service such as Google News should quickly reveal if a social media-driven claim about a celebrity death is true.
Please do not cater to the sick desires of the people who create such hoaxes by retweeting, sharing or liking their nonsensical messages.
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!