This past weekend, heartthrob Channing Tatum took to Twitter to dismiss rumors that he had died in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland.
"On set in Montreal. Alive and well. :-)" Tatum wrote on the social media site to his over two million followers. The actor is filming a new movie, "White House Down," with Jamie Foxx.
Global Associated News wrote a story confirming Tatum's death on Saturday, falsely claiming that "witnesses indicate that Channing Tatum lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed."
The website's founder, Rich Hoover, told E! News, "It [the site] started off as a practical joke machine seven years ago.
"People can just plug in anybody's name so then they'll prank their friends. But people don't read the fine print, and sure enough, it spreads like mad."
The site said "Channing Tatum was airlifted 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."
Tatum's Twitter followers seem to be more than happy that the latest death hoax was false.
"Had a dream Channing Tatum and I went to the movies together and everyone thought he was my boyfriend!! #dreamworld," wrote @BrookeAwesome11.
Other celebrity death hoax victims include actor Morgan Freeman and comedian Bill Cosby. Most recently, comedian Adam Sandler was said to have died in a ski accident in Switzerland, but he too is alive and well.
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...