If you follow ‘news’ stories on sites such as Digg or Wikipedia then you may believe that Miley Cyrus of Hannah Montana fame has been killed in a tragic car accident.
Unlike the recent pictures of Miley’s reputed drug use and being threatened with addiction rehab programs by her family, this story is false.
The story is in fact an internet hoax, much like the one that claimed Jared Fogle was dead – but that doesn’t stop people believing it and spreading the story around like crazy.
The hoax references a story that the writer falsely claims originated with Reuters (which they spelt ‘Rueters’) –
Actress Miley Cyrus Died in Terrible Car Accident
Teen star of the hit Disney television series “Hannah Montana” Miley Cyrus appears to have died in a tragic car accident in the early hours of Friday morning.
The young starlet was on her way to the filiming [sic] of the upcoming “Hannah Montanna” [sic] Series when her vehicle was reportedly hit by a large truck.
Witnesses estimate that the colliding vehicle was travelling [sic] at “At least 55mph” and had “Run a stop sign.”
Although rushed in a [sic] critical condition to Pacific Alliance Medical Centre [sic], the news broke quickly amongst reporters that the teen had succumbed to her injuries during surgery.
As you can tell from the above, the numerous spelling mistakes are not what you’d expect to see from an official Reuters report.
Additionally, the use of ‘centre’ is European, rather than the American ‘center’ so that is another ‘dead’ giveaway.