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This weekend, people on Twitter got yet another reminder not to believe what you read on Twitter without confirming with an outside source.
Nelson Mandela has become the latest victim of a celebrity death hoax on Twitter, with the network abuzz with the false information that the former South African president had died in his sleep.
It’s a strange phenomenon, these celebrity Twitter deaths that runs rampant on the network from time to time. Someone (for reasons that are completely unknown to me) starts the rumor that a particular larger-than-life figure has died, other latch on, and soon “RIP Celebrity” is trending on Twitter.
Hugh Hefner was the latest victim of this bizarre gossip, and he took to Twitter to directly refute any claims contrary to his being full of life.
No, he’s not dead: but the trending topics on Twitter would have us think that legendary Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger had passed away. Wednesday morning, “RIP Mick Jagger” was a worldwide trending topic, giving many music-lovers a small heart attack when they logged in to Twitter.com today.
This holiday season was a big one for false celebrity death reports. Skiing accidents seemed to be the favorite way to see your favorite celebrity die on Twitter, but drug overdoses and mistaken identities were popular too. There have been at least four high-profile (but completely false) death reports on Twitter since Christmas, and we’ll take a look at these rumors below.