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Willie Nelson is NOT Dead

by Brett M. Christensen

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Outline

‘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.

Brief Analysis

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.

Example

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.

Willie Nelson Death Hoax

 

Detailed Analysis

‘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.

Willie Nelson Death Hoax
Willie Nelson Death Hoax

 

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.

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