ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Paul Davis and Todd Jones aren’t Navy Seals and haven’t died today. A fake “Paul Davis Navy Seal” death report surfaced online last night. There is no purported person by the name of “Paul Davis”, he hasn’t died this November 2012, he wasn’t in combat, and he didn’t kill Osama Bin Laden. The latest RIP death claim is a reincarnation of the “Todd Jones: false death report making news in August. Similarly, Morgan Freeman and Snoop Dogg aren’t dead, and Reese Witherspoon hasn’t been stabbed with a spoon. As Morgan Freeman recently joked to news “Like Mark Twain, I keep reading that I have died. I hope those stories are not true…but if they are, I’m happy to report that my afterlife seems identical to my life when I was alive.”
Earlier today, LALATE reported that someone is reactivating the false Todd Jones fake death report from August. Over the summer, someone claimed that “Todd Jones”, which is a fabricated name, is a member of the Navy, which he is not, had killed Osama Bin Laden, which he hadn’t. They proceeded to ask people to send their love, claiming that he had died in combat, which he hadn’t. It now appears that someone people are swapping in the name of “Todd Jones” for “Paul Davis” today. Purportedly, other names have been used over the last two weeks.
False death reports generally concern celebrities. But since summer 2012, someone has been enlisting false military names in a bizarre “reblog to honor him” effort. The US military was very clear to news in August that the name of the man who killed Osama Bin Laden has never been released, nor ever will be identified.
While recent false death reports have surfaced via Facebook or Global Associated aka Media Fetcher, the latest fabrication comes purely from Twitter. In contrast, celebrities like Morgan Freeman, almost on a weekly basis, battle fake death reports that remain on Facebook.
Among them are the nearly handful of “RIP Morgan Freeman” Facebook profiles that remain this week. One false RIP death report on Facebook reads “At about 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, our beloved actor Morgan Freeman passed away due to an artery rupture. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.” One for Jackie Chan reads “RIP Jackie Chan 8/17/11 but then indicates “We are just a fan page.”
Jackie Chan hasn’t died. Paul Davis and Todd Jones don’t exist. And Morgan Freeman is alive.