Did Jim Carrey die in a snowboarding accident? Internet users have been furiously searching “Jim Carrey dies” after a report claimed the actor died in Switzerland, with the death rumors also being fueled by Facebook users posting the story.
But the Jim Carrey death rumors are false. A news outlet calling itself Global Associated News claimed Carrey died in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland.
“The actor & novice snowboarder was vacationing at the Zermatt ski resort in Zermatt, Switzerland with family and friends. Witnesses indicate that Jim Carrey lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed,” the website reported. “Jim Carrey 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.”
The story is accompanied by a photo of someone being taken into a helicopter, but the picture isn’t clear enough to determine whether the photograph is of Jim Carrey.
However, the report is false. Jim Carrey fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as indications that the story is a hoax are clear further down in the story.
“FAKE... THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic 'template' and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank 'non-specific' template for the purpose of entertainment,” the disclaimer reads.
Global Associated News has published numerous death hoaxes before erroneously reporting on Carrey’s death. Other hoax victims include Eddie Murphy, Phil Collins. Reese Weatherspoon and rapper Pitbull.
Carrey has yet to respond to the hoax on his Twitter account, where the actor has more than 9.5 million followers.
Some Twitter users were fooled by the report.
“RIP JIM CARREY he use to make laugh all the time !! At one point he was my fav actor !” wrote user Andre Johnson.
#RIP Jim Carrey that man knew how to make people laugh,” user @LaidBack_Dane wrote of the 50-year-old actor.
“I can't believe Jim Carrey is dead, his movies were awesome,” wrote Maylin Carmenates.
Some users expressed relief after hearing the death was a hoax.
“Ok, Jim Carrey is NOT dead! Phew! Still watching Ave Ventura tho!” wrote Melissa McGinley.
Others alerted fellow users that the story was fabricated.
“Jim Carrey is sitting in his house right now, laughing at all the gulible people who think he's dead,” said Jack Kelly.