Is 50 Cent dead? New rumors hit the internet Monday night suggesting that one of the richest and most beloved men in hip-hop had died, but it appears that all the hype is just the result of a death hoax aimed at the Queens, N.Y.-born rapper.
Curtis Jackson, who is known to the world as simply 50 Cent, was declared dead Monday night in an article posted on the website Global Associated News titled simply "50 Cent Dies In Car Crash."
Global Associated News has posted other erroneous death hoaxes in the past, including one within the past month about Justin Bieber, which had nearly the exact same wording as the one posted about 50 Cent, only with the names switched.
And the photo of a flipped-over car provided as evidence that 50 had crashed was exactly the same one used when Justin Bieber was hit by a Global Associated News death rumor, and it still says it shows David Guetta's car, meaning the site hasn't even bothered changing the caption after uploading it as "proof" of Guetta's death, which also never took place.
But the details provided in the article about 50 Cent are, as usual, highly convincing, as they go into extreme depth about his greatly exaggerated death:
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"50 Cent died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident - December 24, 2012."
The site even explains exactly how the "accident" supposedly took place:
Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that 50 Cent lost control while driving a friend's vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing him instantly.
The vehicle was believed to have been traveling at approximately 95 miles per hour in a 55mph zone at the time of the accident.
Witnesses have stated that 50 Cent's car crossed the double lines several times prior to the accident and hit the center lane divider causing the vehicle to flip and roll."
And, choosing to take a dark step, the site even describes after-death tests to be done his funeral arrangements:
"Toxicology tests will be performed to determine whether he was driving under the influence, however initial findings indicate that durgs or alcohol did not contribute in any way to this accident as it was more likely to been caused by road conditions.
Memorial services for 50 Cent have not yet been announced. The service is expected to be a closed casket funeral due to the severe head trauma."
The 50 Cent death rumors spread like wildfire despite the fact that they weren't true, with fans declaring their shock at his supposed passing, and some quickly realizing it was all just a ruse.
So let's put this rumor to bed once and for all. Don't believe the hype, and don't worry. All signs suggest that 50 Cent -- the beloved rapper behind hits like "In Da Club" and "Candy Shop" -- remains above ground, alive as ever.
It's not a huge shock that someone like 50 Cent could be the target of such irresponsible rumors, however, as many other celebrities have been hit with similar rumors. And 50 Cent himself was targeted by a previous online death rumor in September.
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