Twitter Death Hoaxes Of 2012: Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby, Paris Hilton, Adam Sandler And Others Claimed This Year

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  • Freeman
    Fans thought Morgan Freeman might be dead after a Facebook page titled "R.I.P. Morgan Freeman" surfaced. Freeman's reps officially confirmed to E! Online that the highly acclaimed actor is not dead. "Morgan is alive and well, and joins the long list of actors who have been victimized by this hoax. He's still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet," they said. Reuters
  • Bill Cosby addresses the Trayvon Martin case
    Comedian Bill Cosby, pictured, who became a victim of yet another celebrity death hoax on Twitter and Facebook. Bill Cosby death claims swept Twitter in August, 2012. "Emotional friends have called about this misinformation," Cosby explained on Twitter. "To the people behind the foolishness, I'm not sure you see how upsetting this is." Reuters
  • White House Correspondent Association Dinner
    Twitter exploded with reports that Reese Witherspoon was stabbed, and then that she died of natural causes back in August. It is speculated that the "Legally Blond' actress was singled out because her name had been a trending topic all day, due to anticipation for her latest film, "The Beard." Reuters
  • Adam Sandler
    “Actor Adam Sandler is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today -- September 10, 2012." According to the Global Associated News, Sandler had died in a snowboarding incident at a ski resort in Zermatt, Switzerland. A fake "R.I.P. Adam Sandler" Facebook page was created, which then caused fans to express themselves on Twitter, thinking the "Billy Madison" comedian was really dead. When fans learned the 46-year-old was alive and well, they criticized the senseless hoax. "That horrible moment when 'adam sandler dead' comes up in your news search & gives you a heart attack only to find out it's a lie," tweeted @bammitsGABI. Reuters
  • Eddie Murphy
    Global Associated News claimed: "The actor & novice snowboarder was vacationing at the Zermatt ski resort in Zermatt, Switzerland with family and friends. Witnesses indicate that Eddie Murphy lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed." Eddie Murphy is alive and well. Reuters
  • Television personality Paris Hilton arrives at the The Weinstein Company after party following the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California
    Global Associated News also reported that socialite Paris Hilton died. "Paris Hilton died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell," the site reports. "He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body (the site incorrectly refers to Hilton as "he"). Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident." Reuters
  • Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
    Rapper 50 Cent is alive despite persistent rumors to the contrary on Twitter and throughout the Internet. The incorrect news about his passing came about in the wake of the death of his manager Chris Lighty last month. Reuters
  • Adele
    Although there was never an official report that the singer had passed, in January, "RIP Adele" became a trending topic on Twitter, igniting speculations as to whether the singer is really dead. "Anyone who finds it funny that RIP Adele or RIP Demi Moore is trending lacks compassion, respect and kindness. What happened to the truth?" one twitter user wrote. Many people are not pleased about the constant celebrity death rumors. "Celebrities are still normal people with family members and friends just like us," one person on Facebook wrote according to Mstarz.com. "How would you feel if someone said your most precious loved one has passed away? You can't joke about someone's death." Reuters
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It seems not a week goes by without a celebrity death hoax taking over social media site Twitter. The fake rumors previously claimed several celebrities including Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp, Taylor Lautner, Mick Jagger, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, among others. Although the truth is they are all alive and well, it was still unnerving for fans to see "RIP" trending with the name of their favorite star on Twitter -- obstensibly because they were deceased. Most recently, the celebrity death hoax phenomenon has also claimed Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby and Bill Nye.

Check out the latest celebrity death hoaxes of 2012 so far. Click "Start" to view the slideshow.

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