Don't worry, Hollywood fans: actor Eddie Murphy, despite reports of his death at Global Associated News, is not dead from a tragic snowboarding accident. In fact, none of the celebrities Global Associated News, the fake news site that been generating death hoaxes for over a year now, have ever been anything but alive and well at the time of the reports.
Global Associated News may sound like a legitimate news source, but the site is nothing more than a front for the notorious Fake a Wish, a play on the Make a Wish Foundation that allows users to insert an actor's name into a generator that spits out a fake article on their untimely death.
Actor Eddie Murphy is only the latest star to fall victim to the celebrity death hoax rumor mill, joining such celebrities as Britney Spears, Justin Bieber and Russell Crowe.
Actor Eddie Murphy is reported to have died shortly after a snowboarding accident earlier today, December 6, 2011, the Global Associated News web site wrote. Though many already know the site is fake, that didn't stop many others from posting the news on Twitter, Facebook and other prominent social networks.
Is Eddie Murphy dead? many tweeted, and an RIP Eddie Murphy Twitter trend had already emerged by nightfall.
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The report claims that Murphy lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed. Funnily enough, hitting a tree at a ski resort in Zermatt, Switzerland is a word-for-word rehash of Charlie Sheen's reported demise, though that didn't stop some news sources from contacting Murphy's rep, just in case.
Trust me, Eddie is very much alive and well, Murphy's representative told Music Rooms. And definitely not in Switzerland snowboarding.
Past celebrity death hoaxes from Global Associated News span actors, musicians and stand-up comics, including the rumor that Britney Spears died in a car crash and that Hillary Duff had fallen off the Kauri Cliffs.
Below is a rundown of ten more celebrity death hoaxes generated by Global Associated News and other fake news stories.