LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Morgan Freeman hasn’t died this September 2012. On Thursday, a fake Morgan Freeman death story surface online. Quickly, U.S. websites denounced the report as erroneous, attempting to end its assault of confusion. But last night, something unusual happened. In a rare occurrence, some entities internationally have now attempted to bring back to life these fake U.S. stories and confuse foreign fans of the actors.
On Friday night, international fans of the actor began to ask if Morgan Freeman had died this 2012 and if tales of Morgan Freeman’s death were true or erroneous. It seems as though the confusion was already to put to rest in the U.S. on Thursday and certainly by Friday. Even the actor’s rep issued a news statement denouncing these false claims and asserting that he was a victim of another round of fake death stories. But the reaction last night was not coming from U.S. It was rather coming internationally.
Morgan Freeman’s initial burst of erroneous death reports in the U.S. followed a month in which some celebrities were battling multiple fake death reports, simultaneously. In fact, today’s victims of fake celebrity death stories are no longer just rappers anymore. Film actors, even athletes, are now the victims of multiple culprits for these fake tales.
Sometimes they originated with fake social media accounts entitled “RIP”. In those, some individual begins an online memorials about the celebrities, suggesting wrongly that the celebrity has died.
Other times they originate with the fake retweet option. In those, some individual takes a leading news site’s Twitter handle and sends out a “RT@” to suggest that news of the celebrity has passed.
But the culprit behind many of the fake death tales in Global Associated aka Media Fetcher. With a series of pre-written templates, the website inserts a celebrity’s name into a fabricated death tale. Usually, the location is far away and the death story is catastrophic.
For example, Lil Wayne has nearly a handful of fake death tales from Global today. One claims he has died in a car crash in Los Angles. “Witness reports indicate that Lil Wayne’s BMW struck a pickup truck towing landscaping equipment” the fake tale claims. Another claims he has died on vacation on Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He’s not on vacation there. But the fake tale reads that “Lil Wayne was the only passenger on the personal watercraft at the time of the incident”. And finally, Lil Wayne is not in Australia today. But a fake tale claims he “died in a single vehicle crash between Ipswich and Willowbank in Queensland”.
Often, it’s hard to determine what caused a U.S. fake death report to surface with such strength. But this weekend’s assault against Morgan Freeman internationally is exceptionally usually.
Nevertheless, fans are irate today. As Freeman told news in a statement Thursday, he is a victim of the continuing attack of fabricated death tales being lodged against celebrities. Morgan Freeman is not dead, nor is Lil Wayne, David Guetta, or Adam Sandler.