LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Celine Dion is not dead. Celine is battling at least two different false death reports today. Both erroneous reports claim Dion died in catastrophic events. One fake report claims that Celine Dion died in a private plane crash today. Another false report claims that Celine Dion has died in a Route 80 car crash. Both reports are fiction, and fans are irate.
Celine Dion is the latest celebrity to battle fake death reports. Since 2007, celebrity fake death reports have continued to surface, predominately in the evenings or on the weekends. Today’s report began to spread in the late afternoon today March 15, 2012. But a quick perusal online reveals the fake death reports are neither new, nor original.
First, one fake Celine Dion death report claims she died in a plane crash. The culprit for the story is Global Associated, aka Mediafetcher. In a fake article entitled “Celine Dion presumed dead in private plane crash”, Global claims that Celine died today at “Denver Peak-Regional Airport”. Unfortunately, there is no such airport. Celine wasn’t traveling in the region either. But the false report states “a small private aircraft in distress ceased radio contact with the control tower and fell below radar frequency after reporting engine trouble and smoke in the cockpit. Actress, Celine Dion was believed to have been a passenger on the flight.”
But don’t believe the report. The same Denver Peak-Regional airport story has been used before by Global. Lil Wayne is not dead today either. But he too is listed erroneously as having died today as well at Denver Peak-Regional. The same is true for Chingy.
In August 2011, Chingy battled the same fake report that Celine is battling today. In March of this year, however, the same false report was used against Lil Wayne. Lil Wayne is not dead, but Global has listed the rapper dead today from more than three different causes – a BMW crash, a plane crash, even a jet ski crazy. Besides the rapper and Celine, the same false report has been used previously against everyone from Snoop Dogg to Chuck Norris, even against actor Tom Green.
Second, Global is also claiming that Celine is dead today in a car crash. If you guessed the location of the fake crash is “along route 80″, then you were correct. The infamous Route 80 fake car crash death story is today listing Celine as its victim. “Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that Celine Dion lost control while driving a friend’s vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing him instantly” reads the false report.
More than a dozen celebrities have been listed erroneously dead on Route 80. From Pauly D to Daddy Yankee, the most infamous fake report used with the Route 80 story was that concerning David Guetta. Since 2011, that same fake David Guetta death story has resurfaced innumerable times. The story is always about a fake Route 80 car crash.
If the fake tale sounds familiar, it should. It has been used to kill off sporting athletes to musicians, from David Beckham to Daddy Yankee. Fake celebrity death stories often originate from several different sources and often via several different social networking methods.
Celine is not dead. She wasn’t flying in Denver today, nor driving on Route 80. Lil Wayne isn’t dead, David Guetta hasn’t died, and Chingy and Pauly D are very much alive as well.