LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller are not dead. But Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller are battling, not one, but four fake death reports simultaneously today. As if the single fabricated Mac Miller death report last weekend was not enough, suddenly this afternoon no less than four different, and all erroneous, fake reports are striking the two rappers. While fans by now have grown far more skeptical about a single death report, today might mark a turning point in which four fake different reports are being spun simultaneously online, and even by text messaging.
The first erroneous report making news was posted to a message board on ThisIs50.Â Of course, a quick perusal of the post reveals its bizarre story. “Wiz Khalifa, whose real name is Cameron Thomaz, was found dead in his apartment in California, with all of his limbs missing” claims the fake report. The story goes on to claim that Wiz died of an alligator attack, in Hollywood, California, not the Everglades. But alas “No one in his camp could be reached for further comment” claims the fake story.
The second fake report making news is on Facebook. The problem is that the Facebook story is more than six months old. “Wiz Khalifa got in a car accident and died, he was driving 106 miles per hour and hit a tree.” The fake date of death is September, 2011.
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Next, there is a “car crash” courtesy of Global Associated getting traction this afternoon as well. “Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell” reads the third attempt to kill off the rappers.
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The report adds “Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa lost control while driving a friend’s vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing him instantly.” The report should sound familiar; it’s the same one that dominated news last fall, erroneously claiming DJ Tiesto was dead. Before that, the same report was used for David Guetta.
And the fourth fake story claims that Mac Miller has died in a jet-ski crash in Turks and Caicos Islands. That same fake report was used last year on Tiger Woods. Its author is also Global Associated.
While it remains unclear why anyone would start a fake celebrity death report, it also remains unclear why they would fuel four fake story, simultaneously. Moreover, the fabrication is not just being fueled online. Fans are reporting news of receiving fake text messaging about the same today, as well. “Someone just text me and said Wiz Khalifa is dead” wrote one fan moments ago.
Celebrity death reports have dominated net-activity since 2007. But arguably not until today have fans and news seen four different reports strike the same two celebrities, at the same time.Â For now, neither has been in a car crash, jet ski accident, snowboarding slip, or mountain hiking fall.