Jerry Seinfeld is not dead, despite what the efforts of some shady websites and confused social media mavens would have his fans believe.
The popular comedian was the subject of a fake obituary on Necropedia.org, although the site itself issues a disclaimer that the news has no bearing in reality. Above a would-be obituary that only lists Seinfeld’s date of birth and supposed death date is the advisory: “This is not a news article. (No one has died).”
Other websites devoted to tracking the legitimacy of the Internet death hoax phenomenon like WhosAliveAndWhosDead.com confirmed that Jerry Seinfeld is alive. Seinfeld, who skyrocketed to fame with the famous “show about nothing” that’s named after him, is just the latest celebrity to be in the news for not dying.
Last month, Morgan Freeman, Eddie Murphy, Alfonso Ribeiro, John Cena, rapper 50 Cent, Bill Cosby andf countless others were thought to have been killed in brutal accidents after a fake news site published the rumors that were eventually picked up byu worried fans on Twitter and Facebook. From there, the concern – and confusion – grows like wildfire.
Seinfeld really did have his own brush with death in 2008, however, as the Associated Press reported that he narrowly escaped a scary car accident. Seinfeld, who is known for his love of cars almost as much as for phrases like “yadda yadda” and “the soup Nazi,” was driving alone when the brakes in his 1967 Fiat BTM failed and when the emergency brake didn’t work either he had to swerve to avoid driving straight into an intersection.
“Because I know there are kids out there, I want to make sure they all know that driving without braking is not something I recommened, unless you have professional clown training or a comedy background, as I do,” Seinfeld told reporters in 2008 with his usual sarcasm. “It is not something I plan to make a habit of.”
Long removed from his own sitcom but still popular among fans, Seinfeld has been earning accolades of late for his new web series “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.” In the show, Jerry picks up an old friend like Larry David or Michael Richards, among many others that are no less famous, and drives around in a classic car with them before stopping at a diner for lunch.