LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Denzel Washington is not dead. Denzel Washington is the victim of multiple enormous death reports today. One fake claim asserts that Denzel died in a snowboarding accident in Zermatt, Switzerland. The second claims that Denzel died in a yacht incident in St. Tropez, France. But Denzel isn’t in France, nor in Switzerland, and he certainly isn’t dead.
Whether it’s St. Tropez, Zermatt or the Kumari Cliffs, Global Associated aka Mediafetcher is on its path to kill off Denzel Washington today. But today is not the first time, and probably not the last time, that Denzel has been the victim of an erroneous Global claim.
Global for years has been taking pre-existing stories and applying them to American’s leading celebrities. Initially, fake death reports concerned celebrities with a larger pre-teen fan based. Then the reports targeted rappers, DJs, and most recently professional athletes.
The method hasn’t changed. But celebrities’ reaction to the news of their death has changed. In previous years, celebs like Miley Cyrus and Nick Jonas just brushed off news of their death. But in recent months, Usher, Jackie Chan, even Tamra Barney have taken issue with erroneous tales of their deaths. Some of them have issued news releases denouncing the fake reports.
And yet, the real mystery is why fans haven’t gotten familiar to the madness just yet. While Global has added more templates, the same repetition of these stories appears obvious.
Yet fans still fall victim to them. The fake St Tropez Denzel story reads “The French Maritime Gendarmerie, a division of the French Navy responded to distress calls from 10 persons aboard a 120′ luxury yacht cruising off of the coast of St. Tropez. Actor Denzel Washington was reportedly vacationing aboard the privately chartered vessel. ” The same story has been used against 50 Cent and Lil Wayne.
The Denzel Zermatt story is familiar as well. “Denzel Washington was air lifted by ski patrol teams to a local hospital, however, it is believed that the actor died instantly from the impact of the crash. ” The same fake tale has been used against Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy and other actors.
If you’re a fan of an actor and hear that he / she has died snowboarding in Zermatt, it should sound suspect by now. And if your favorite DJ crashed on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell, that too should familiar as well. Nevertheless with some fans irate and other confused today, the impact of the latest false death tale appears to have impacted Denzel fans. Denzel is not dead, nor is Miley, David Guetta, or Usher.