CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – Usher and Tiger Wood are not dead. False death reports for Usher and Tiger Woods concerning the Dominican Republic surfaced online today November 11, 2011. But the fabricated stories are deriving from two different methods / sources. Fans of the signer and golfer are furious at the fake reports.
First, singer Usher Raymond is not dead. A false report today reads “Pop Star Usher Raymond found dead in a Vegas Hotel. Detail haven’t’ been released”. The false death report is being dispersed by a tasteless trick used online in recent weeks. In front of the words “Pop Star Usher”, certain persons are adding “RT@” and a popular national news site. The insinuation is that the sentence beginning with “Pop Star Usher” was initially tweeted by the news site and is now being re-tweeted by the user.
The fabricated use of a “RT” in front of a fake celebrity death began being used this fall. Its use, however, has become more widespread in recent weeks. Now nearly twenty to thirty percent of fake celebrity death reports online are promulgated through the re-tweet scheme. The most common use is the RT plus RIP written like “RT@ … RIP Usher Raymond”.
Fans, however, are furious by the fake reports. “Oh my god” wrote one reader while another wrote “I won’t believe it.” Other fans want to know the source of the fabricated tweets. “There’s a rumor about Usher being found dead? … This better not be true I’m going to track down who started this rumor.”
For Tiger Woods, the source is a notable website that consistently fabricates fake death reports. If it’s not David Guetta or Adam Sandler, it’s David Beckham and even Tamra Barney.
The fake Tiger Woods death report reads today “Pro golfer Tiger Woods was found unresponsive in his luxury vacation rental house near the Roko Ki golf resort in the Dominican Republic earlier today”. The fabricated report adds that Woods “later [was] pronounced dead from what appears to be natural causes.”
Today’s report bares some uniqueness, however. The source of the fake death report usually lists celebrities dead on “Route 80″ in a “car crash” or “snowboarding” in “Zermatt, Switzerland”. The addition of the Dominican Republic and the “Roko Ki” golf course papers to suggest that the death author is pursuing more elaborate stories to further stump fans.