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The earliest example of one of the first death hoax were originally when the students of Drake University wrote a local school newspaper about Beatles’ member: Paul Mccartney. They claimed that Paul was killed in a car accident, and was replaced by a look-a-like.
Of course, the conspiracy behind the story would later turn out to be fraud – Leaving the believers of the story, fooled. Eventually, propagating a rumor about someone’s death caught on and moved onto the internet. In 2006, a major incline in the practice of hoaxing death would soon make it into a hobby of the infamous Anonymous.
Similar to Goodnight, Sweet Prince – Internet Death hoaxes have spread, but instead of in the form of image macros and other media, Anonymous uses different internet context such as Youtube comments, faked news articles, and other internet rumoring tactics to gain the particular celebrity fans’ belief that their beloved celebrity is deceased.
One of the first death that was faked beginning on the internet was in 2006 when a wikipedia article on Dave Adkins, also known as the musician, Sinbad featured a death date sided from his birth date which provoked the fact that Sinbad was deceased from a heart attack. It would later appear it was a hoaxed prank from a user that edited the article. The simple death date began a rumor across the internet and ended up on mainstream television media.
On March 14th, 2007, Sinbad spoke in an interview from msnbc.com that Sinbad’s death was all a hoax and simply a silly gimmick on the internet.
After the infamous Sinbad Death Hoax, Anonymous and whomever realized that faking one’s death wasn’t too difficult. More and more celebrities were claimed dead by many sources from Anonymous who then were announced alive as an aftermath.
E!™’s website wrote a report on many celebrities which included Taylor Lautner, Stephanie Meyer, and other famous people who’s death were hoaxed.
Well-known Death Hoaxes
Death Hoaxes are usually done in the form of raids. A raid in chan speak is simply an occasion in which a group of Anonymous will get together to perform an event. Basically, Anonymous will form a team to propagate and scatter (or spread) rumors across forums, comments, or messages claiming that a celebrity has died. Raids are also conceded as “Operations”. Plans in which Anonymous follows which proceeds the raid itself.
In September 6th, 2008, Anonymous began to propagate a rumor around YouTube and other rumoring websites that Miley Cyrus was killed in various circumstances.
Soon, people questioned her death and became more and more misguided by fake news articles, videos, and hype.
Beginning in 2010, FunnyJunk.com began a Justin Beiber death hoax.