LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – David Guetta is not dead. But several inappropriate websites tonight are posting a fake death report from July about David Guetta, confusing fans. David Guetta was falsely reported dead in a mythical car crash on or around July 31, 2011. But today, at least two celebrity websites are using the old false report to trick Guetta fans into thinking something has happened tonight. Guetta is not dead, there hasn’t been a car accident, and what is being reposted this evening is the rehashing of false reports from July 2011.
A quick perusal of Twitter currently at 3:30 PM PST shows roughly three tweets per minute about the David Guetta fake death. “Everybody was saying David Guetta was dead?” wrote one fan moments ago. Unlike other recent fake celebrity death reports, this one definitely confusing fans.
In recent months, certain websites have used templates to viraly create fake celebrity death stories. The stories use pre-written fake fact patterns and just swap in the celebrity’s name. The websites then use a dynamically changing date at the top of each article to confuse readers.
But today’s David Guetta fake death report represents a new breed. Why is a July report coming back to life tonight? A quick perusal of Twitter activity in the last half hour shows two celebrity websites are reposting the fake content of the July David Guetta report as now true.
Within the last twenty-four hours, those sites are posting misleading tweets. Among them are “[We're] still trying to confirm”. Another adds “Is David Guetta dead … according to reports!” Viewers are sent to the websites only to learn that the story is false. Fans are getting angered tonight by this new trend to resurrect previously false stories as now true.
In July, the fake David Guetta death story put the music icon in a car crash on Route 80. The fake car crash happened between “Morristown and Roswell” read the story. Its author used the same story to kill off DJ Tiesto and David Beckham also this year. In recent weeks, the template has been modified to include a picture of a rolled-over car. (Of note, the car doesn’t even look something sold the last twenty years.)
The fake death report adds “Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that David Guetta lost control while driving a friend’s vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing him instantly.” Yet there is no such agency as the “Highway Safety Investigators” Board. The report uses the authorship credit as “Local Team News 9″ and there is no such “team” either.
David Guetta is not dead. There hasn’t been a car crash. There is no Highway Safety Investigators Board nor Local Team News 9. And if you are wondering, Adam Sandler, Jackie Chan, Miley Cyrus, and Lil Wayne are also alive and well.