The death hoax seems to have originated with an article posted online Wednesday by Global Associated News, a Website which has been behind many such ruses in the past.
Attributing the report to “Local Team News 9,” Global Associated News laid out a detailed account of Justin Bieber's “death” in a car accident that referenced “witnesses,” fake crash specifics and more.
The online death hoax comes on the heels of the shocking revelation that a murder and castration plot against Justin Bieber had been foiled by law enforcement.
The alleged murder plot would have had two men kill Justin Bieber and his bodyguard by strangling them with paisley ties at his Madison Square Garden concert in New York City last month. The plotters allegedly then planned to castrate the bodies, according to New Mexico's KRQE News, which reported that the plot was foiled when one of the alleged plotters turned his would-be accomplices into the police.
The irresponsible and wholly inaccurate Dec. 12, 2012, report by Global Associated News goes into extreme detail about the circumstances of Justin Bieber's “death.”
“Justin Bieber died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident - December 12, 2012,” the fake report reads.
“Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that Justin Bieber lost control while driving a friend's vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing him instantly. The vehicle was believed to have been traveling at approximately 95 miles per hour in a 55mph zone at the time of the accident.”
The report goes on to say that witnesses saw Bieber's car cross over the center line on the highway, then hit the lane divider, “causing the vehicle to flip and roll.”
It even creates the morbid postmortem funeral details that would be expected if a celebrity were to actually die.
“Memorial services for Justin Bieber have not yet been announced. The service is expected to be a closed casket funeral due to the severe head trauma,” the erroneous report states. “Additional details and information will be forthcoming as they become available.”
The Justin Bieber death hoax created Wednesday by Global Associated News is only the latest online hoax to claim that Bieber had passed away.
But Justin Bieber's online death hoax is just one of many in recent years. Remy Ma, Eddie Murphy, Kanye West, Jeff Goldblum, Britney Spears, Morgan Freeman, Reese Witherspoon, Barack Obama, Kim Jong-Un, Phil Collins, Gotye, Pitbull, Usher, Robin Williams, Keke Palmer, Patrick Dempsey, Chingy, Paul McCartney, Rowan Atkinson, Madonna, Soulja Boy, Adele, Demi Moore, Jon Bon Jovi, Cher, Tony Danza, Jackie Chan, Hugh Hefner, Mick Jagger, and numerous other celebrities have found themselves at the mercy of Internet pranksters who claimed that they were dead on Twitter, usually by getting a tweet starting with "R.I.P." or "RIP" and a celeb's name to go viral on social media sites, especially Twitter.