Circulating messages claim that country music legend Merle Haggard has died.
Sadly, the claims are true. Merle Haggard passed away on his birthday, April 6, 2016 at age 79. The news has been confirmed by many credible news and entertainment outlets. He died of complications related to pneumonia while at his home in Northern California. Merle Haggard recorded a string of country music hits over a long career that started in the 1960’s.
A CNN article about the star’s passing notes:
Haggard recorded more than three dozen No. 1 country hits in a musical career that spanned six decades, from the 1960s into the 2010s. He overcame an early life of petty crime and a prison term in San Quentin to develop a rugged, outlaw image that helped sell millions of records.
Tributes immediately began pouring in from the country music world and beyond.
You may ask why I have included this true story here? Because of the number of callous and nasty celebrity death hoaxes that circulate via social media, many people now tend to be doubtful when they see posts on their social media feeds announcing the death of a celebrity. This caution is warranted. Some of the false celebrity death stories are like-farming or survey scams. Others try to trick people into visiting clickbait websites or downloading malware.
But, in this case, the story is true. If a celebrity death report comes your way, you can easily confirm its veracity by searching a news portal such as Google News. If the celebrity really has died, his or her passing will be widely reported by legitimate news outlets.
Last updated: April 7, 2016
First published: April 7, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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!