LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – David Beckham is not dead. False death reports that David Beckham died in a car crash are angering fans today. David Beckham, however, now bares a unique similarity to David Guetta, and music greats DJ Tiesto and Armin Van Buren; all four celebrities have been victims of fake car crash stories the last two years.
Many fans were furious by fake reports of Beckham’s death today, others were left confused, while many thought – in the words of Yogi Berra – it’s déjà vu all over again. On July 31, a fake death report for David Guetta surfaced online; it falsely claimed he died in a Route 80 car crash. Guetta was killed off in the fake report just days after a similar Adam Sandler report. But unlike the comic falsely being reported death from a snowboarding accident, Guetta was killed off in a fabricated car crash story concerning Route 80.
The same bizarre tale has been used to trick fans in recent years with other celebrities. Even before Guetta’s report, DJ Tiesto, AVB and Beckham both were victims of fake death reports concerning Route 80, all generated by Global Associated News.
Today it remains unclear the source of the confusion about the fake Beckham death. But the same GAN report about Beckham remains online. The fabricated report claims “Memorial services for David Beckham have not yet been announced. The service is expected to be a closed casket funeral due to the severe head trauma.” The report claims further details will be released “as they become available”. They won’t be coming available because Beckham isn’t dead.
In recent months, the means by which false celebrity death reports have surfaced have become more disturbing. As to timing, when one celebrity dies, immediate false celebrity death reports claim another elderly celebrity has passed. As to means, many of the fake reports have utilized very elaborate technologies to trick fans. In some cases they have lifted the entire templates or logos of news sites to portray their tale about the celebrity’s death. In some cases, they have even set up entire Facebook accounts to falsely report a celebrity is dead.
The proliferation of this disturbing trend has additionally widened across other industries. Now, sports celebrities, film stars, and even TV stars are frequent victims of these mythical car crashes and snowboarding accidents. Lil Wayne isn’t dead, nor is Miley Cyrus, and nor is David Beckham. But until the fascination with tricking fans has ended, fake celebrity deaths are expected to continue.
Beckham last made news in July after he faced Ronaldo and Real Madrid here in Los Angeles for the World Football Challenge. Beckham said he is fond of his final 2007 year with Real Madrid. In advance of that game, he told news “I remember my first year playing with Zidane, Ronaldo, Raul, Figo and Roberto Carlos very well. My last year when we won the League was great too.”