Celine Dion has been the latest victim of a Facebook death hoax. Two Facebook apps reported the singer had died in an airplane/car accident. And these claims have been proven false! The I’m Alive singer is alive and kicking!
The fake posts claim to be from Fox News and CNN which read, “R.I.P. Celine Dion 1968 - 2013?,” and “Her heart will go on? Celine Dion died in a car accident.”
“Hollywood Breaking News - R.I.P Celine Dion. At about 11 am ET on Sunday [October 20], Celine Dion died in a plane crash. The culprit for the story is Global Associated, aka Mediafetcher. ‘Celine Dion presumed dead in private plane crash’, Global claims that Celine died today at ‘Denver Peak-Regional Airport,” stated the CNN excerpt, according to contactmusic.com.
The Fox News fake post, on the other hand, read, “Investigators have told reporters that Celine Dion lost control while driving a friend’s vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times, killing her 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.”
They are rogue apps that can get access to members profile information, according to about.com, and will post on their behalf. The aim of the app is to reproduce itself as it will post blurb on the pages of everyone on that member’s friend list.
The same claims originated on a prank website in March 2012, when ‘RIP Celine Dion’ began trending worldwide on Twitter. The app was hoping to regenerate the wrongful reports for its own use.
Other A-List celebrities who have become victims of fake death hoaxes are Justin Bieber, Eddie Murphy, Kanye West, Britney Spears and Morgan Freeman.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st, 2013.
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