Several rumors are bouncing around Facebook about Eminem, claiming that the rapper, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, was the victim of a stabbing and has died.
Turns out it's just another Internet death hoax. Eminem is actually alive and well, his reps have confirmed.
The message circulating on Facebook isn’t an old-school chain email or spammy post but rather a sidebar advertisement on the social networking site claiming the rapper was stabbed in New York City. The fake post shows a picture of a tattooed man’s back with slash marks and a message claiming the stabbing was caught on surveillance video.
“Rapper Eminem Left Nearly DEAD After Being Stabbed 4 Times In NYC!!” the headline of the message reads. “Warning 18+!! It was all caught on surveillance video! Click the pic to play the video!”
Despite the message’s obvious bogus status leading to scams and phishing, Facebook users have been clicking on the gruesome photo anyway, only to find the link doesn't lead to more details about the alleged stabbing but rather to a site called amazingvid.biz, which at first looks like a Facebook comments plug-in page. Many have been even further tricked by the site because it has fake Facebook comments from fake users, making it appear legitimate.
But trust us here, don't click; It’s not true anyway. And in order to watch the video of Eminem, the user must reshare the link with their Facebook friends, which is of course how this spam began spreading so quickly. After sharing the post, the link redirects to a survey website promising “free prizes” along with more Eminem stabbing news, which, of course, never comes.
Worst of all, it’s not the first time this exact photo alleging a celebrity was the victim of a stabbing has made its way around Facebook. As Naked Security noted, the same photo was used in December 2011 to falsely report Justin Bieber was “STABBED by CRAZED Fan Outside N.Y.C Nightclub!” leading to the same sort of spammy rabbit hole.
Meanwhile, Eminem is set to drop his latest – and highly anticipated -- album sometime after Memorial Day. The rapper’s eighth studio album will reportedly feature a track with Chris Rock after the comedian posted a photo in the studio with Eminem.