Adam Sandler was the latest actor to fall victim to an Internet death hoax this past weekend, joining other celebrities including actor Morgan Freeman and comedian Bill Cosby.
Global Associated News, a website known to start false celebrity death rumors, wrote, ""Actor Adam Sandler is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today -- September 10, 2012." According to the website, Sandler had died in a snowboarding incident at a ski resort in Zermatt, Switzerland.
A fake "R.I.P. Adam Sandler" Facebook page was created, which then caused fans to express themselves on Twitter, thinking the "Billy Madison" comedian was really dead. When fans learned the 46-year-old was alive and well, they criticized the senseless hoax.
"That horrible moment when 'adam sandler dead' comes up in your news search & gives you a heart attack only to find out it's a lie," tweeted @bammitsGABI.
"So now there are people saying Adam Sandler is dead, and he's not. How sick can people be? #heartless !!!" wrote @x_LauraSmith__x.
The Facebook page has already garnered over 36,000 reporting that the famous actor and director died on Sept. 8, 2012, though he is alive and well.
The fake story posted on Global Associated News stated "Adam Sandler was air lifted by ski patrol teams to a local hospital, however, it is believed that the actor died instantly from the impact of the crash. The actor was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played any part in his death."
Not everyone thought the hoax was funny.
"Celebrities are still normal people with family members and friends just like us," one person on Facebook wrote, according to Mstarz.com. "How would you feel if someone said your most precious loved one has passed away? You can't joke about someone's death."
Sandler is one of many celebrities who have been reported dead on the Internet. Earlier this month, Freeman was reported deceased after a Facebook page titled "R.I.P. Morgan Freeman" surfaced. And comedian Bill Cosby became a victim of a celebrity death hoax in August.
Amethyst Tate graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. During her time at IBT, her articles have been sourced by various...