‘News’ report claims that legendary country music star Willie Nelson has been found dead at his Maui home. Rumours derived from the report are circulating via social media.
The report is false. Willie Nelson is not dead. The false story was published on a website designed to emulate a real news site. The fake death story is designed to bring more visitors to the bogus website.
Country Music Legend Willie Nelson Dies at Age 81
Legendary country music star Willie Nelson was found dead today in his Maui home. He was 81 years old. Rumors of Nelson’s death first circulated early February 24, 2015 on social media outlets but was later confirmed by police.
‘News’ Website Claims Willie Nelson Has Died
According to a widely shared report on a website designed to emulate a genuine news outlet, legendary music star Willie Nelson has died. The report claims that 81-year-old Nelson was discovered dead in the yard of his Maui home.
It notes that police have not yet determined a cause of death but found ‘no evidence of drug abuse or alcohol and no signs of foul play’.
Rumours about the star’s death – apparently derived from the news report – are circulating via social media.
Claims are False – Willie Nelson is Not Dead
However, the claims in the report are untrue. Willie Nelson is not dead. The website that hosted the false article is not a genuine news outlet.
The fake death report is nothing more than a callous attempt to drive traffic to the bogus website and increase revenue derived from advertising.
In recent months, very similar ‘news’ stories have been published that falsely reported the deaths of several other celebrities, including Axl Rose, Macaulay Culkin, and Hugh Hefner. The earlier stories also claimed that the targeted stars were found dead at their homes. Again, the stories were designed to drive traffic to the offending websites.
Celebrity Death Hoaxes Very Common
Hoax or scam messages claiming that a celebrity has died are very common. Some, like this one, are designed to promote a particular website or Facebook Page. Others are just callous pranks. And some more sinister versions are designed to trick people into downloading and installing malware.
News outlets around the world always extensively cover the death of a celebrity. So, if you see a post or report claiming that a celebrity has died, a quick check on an online news portal should confirm if the death report is true. It is wise to verify such posts before you share them or click any links that they contain.