LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Eddie Murphy is not dead. Eddie Murphy hasn’t died today March 2013 in a snowboarding accident. In fact, Eddie hasn’t been snowboarding. The fake RIP death story is two years old. As fans still rebound after fake Lil Wayne near-death reports Friday, new targets are growing: Wiz Khalifa, Tom Kenny and Eddie Murphy. None of three celebrities are dead. Rather they are the victims of resurfacing death reports from 2010.
Over the last three years, fake celebrity death reports have most often surfaced on Sunday evenings. Morevoer, for reasons never clear, two of their victims have always been Eddie Murphy and Lil Wayne. Even stranger, the victims of fake celebrity death reports are most often males.
In November 2011, LALATE reported that a fake Adam Sandler death report was now being used against Murphy. In July and August 2012, that same fake death report was used against Murphy. The culprit behind the latest fake death report is the infamous Global Associated aka Mediafetcher. “Actor Eddie Murphy is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today – March 17, 2013″, says the fake report Sunday. The report resurfaced today just as Dreamgirls appeared in reruns on TV featuring Murphy.
The fake Global story claims that Murphy died in a snowboarding accident in Zermatt, Switzerland. Murphy isn’t in Zermatt, Switzerland and he isn’t snowboarding.
Global frequently takes a preexisting template and swaps in a different actor’s name to kill them off. The fake death reports are all the same, deriving from a template and prewritten fabricated tale. It remains unclear what Zermatt officials think of all these fake celebrity deaths being claimed to have occurred on their ski slopes. But with dozens, if not hundreds, of celebrities falsely reported as dead in Zermatt skiing accidents, the suggestion is certainly not favorable for the famed Swiss destination.
The culprit website uses a preexisting news template, chooses one of several pre-written fake death reports, and dynamically changes the person’s name and the date. So if you visit the website tomorrow, the date will be changed. The Adam Sandler fake death report says the same today as well.
Last fall, Murphy headlined “Spike TV’s Eddie Murphy: One Night Only”. Months earlier false reports claimed that Eddie was dating Toni Braxton. Toni’s reps told news at the time “Toni and Eddie are just friends and have been fans of each other’s work for a long time”. Murphy, in contrast, brought Paige Butcher as his date to the fall premiere of the Spike TV specials. Paige previously dated Tyson Beckford and Russell Simmons.
Eddie Murphy isn’t dead, Lil Wayne is alive, Tom Kenny hasn’t died and Wiz Khalifa is fine.