Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie attends a news conference as she visits a Syrian and Iraqi refugee camp in the southern Turkish town of Midyat in Mardin province, June 20, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

A slew of celebrity deaths shocked the world this year, but there were many others who were victims of death hoaxes. Some reports and posts on social media caused a stir over the fake stories of celebrity deaths.

From the recent death hoax about Britney Spears to that of Hillary Clinton were all part of 2016. Below is a list of high-profile celebs that were “killed” according to the bogus stories.

  • Sean Penn (January): Rumors surfaced the actor was found murdered in his Malibu house, just days after he conducted an interview with elusive drug kingpin El Chapo.
  • Adele (March): Social media was shocked when some users tweeted the singer died in a car crash.
  • Stan Lee (May): Rumors said the comic book legend died at his home.
  • Pauley Perrette (May): The “NCIS” star became the victim of a death hoax after a link was shared widely on Facebook with a claim that Perrette, who plays forensic scientist Abby on the CBS crime drama, was dead.
  • Jack Black (June): A tweet from the Twitter account of his comedy-rock band, Tenacious D, claimed that the actor and singer died. However, it was later revealed to be false.​
  • Angelina Jolie (August): Jolie became the victim of a death hoax after a clickbait website shared a Facebook link that appeared to point to a legitimate media outlet — sometimes CNN or ABC — but opened up to a a page that stole personal information.
  • Miley Cyrus (September): Reports claimed the "Wrecking Ball" singer was found dead in a bathtub inside her Hollywood home.
  • Hillary Clinton (September): Some U.S. media reported the Democratic candidate died at Montefiore Medical Hospital. The reports came after Clinton collapsed while at a 9/11 memorial.
  • Jaden Smith (September): False reports made the rounds on Facebook, saying Will Smith's son committed suicide.
  • Britney Spears (December): Tweets from the accounts of Sony Music Global and Bob Dylan said the pop singer was dead. The record label later confirmed its Twitter account was hacked.