Veteran comedian Bill Cosby has apparently died.
In fact, for those of you who follow celebrity news on the likes of Twitter and Facebook, yesterday was in fact the fourth time he has died since August 2010!
Hot on the heals of the ‘death’ of Bill Nye, “the Science Guy”, the social networks were once again flooded with commentary over the latest celebrity death hoax. The subject quickly became a trend, mainly due to people questioning the validity of what they had heard.
But, of course, it isn’t true at all. As the great man himself says on his own website –
“As you well know, a dead person cannot rebuttal. Therefore, I am rebuttaling to tell you that when I heard the news I immediately began rebuttaling and went into denial. My wife has just informed me that there is no such word as rebuttaling, she says the word is rebutting. But I don’t care, because I’m alive!”
Personally I think these death hoaxes are quite ridiculous and I really don’t understand why someone would start one unless they really are desperate to get some sort of attention in life. Not only do these unfounded rumours waste a lot of people’s time they can also be quite hurtful too as this incident left one of Cosby’s friends in tears.
Furthermore, celebrity death hoaxes also generate quite a macabre level of interest and lead people to the social network and web-based search engines as they try to find out more; something that the bad guys know only too well and often try to take advantage of. So, if you do hear of a celebrity dying, think twice about any related stories you find on Twitter, Google, etc.