Earlier today, Home Improvement actor Tim Allen took to Twitter to clear up rumours that he was the victim of a classic celebrity death hoax.
“Imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to a beautiful day in Michigan only to find out I’m dead!? How did it happen? Can anyone tell me? I’m DYING to know,” he tweeted. It turns out a couple of sports bloggers were trying to prove that they could make a random celebrity’s name trend on Twitter, and next minute, everyone thought Tim the Toolman was on his way to TV sitcom heaven.
However, Tim Allen is by no means the only celebrity to find out they’ve mysteriously ‘died’. Here are 5 of the most ridiculous celebrity death hoaxes of all time.
This is one for the conspiracy theorists out there. Many fans believe The Beatles singer died in 1966 and is currently living under the guise of a lookalike (and soundalike). There’s even a theory that George Harrison and John Lennon left ‘clues’ about McCartney’s future ‘death’ in lyrics that can only be heard when you play the song backwards.
And speaking of conspiracy theories, there’s a similar one that believes Canadian singer Avril Lavigne committed suicide in 2003 and has been replaced by lookalike actress Melissa Vandella. Internet sleuths think that Lavigne’s label covered up her death with the doppelganger so they could keep releasing music under her name.
Speaking of conspiracy theories, hear about Ghislaine Maxwell’s rumoured connection to JonBenét Ramsay below:
According to bogus reports, Justin Bieber has ‘died’ multiple times. Apparently, he committed suicide in 2009, was the victim of a fatal nightclub shooting in 2010, and passed away from a drug overdose the same year. You know you’ve really made it in Hollywood when people think you’ve ‘died’ more than once.
Over the years, Celine Dion has also fallen victim to various death hoaxes, but to the singer – they’re not a joke. “The thing that worries me is mum,” she said in 2013. “It makes me a little mad – she’s 86 years old and if I’m not on the phone telling her I’m OK four seconds after it’s on the news…it doesn’t matter what they say, it’s the impact it has on your family.”
It’s amazing how quickly celebrity death hoaxes pick up steam. In 2011, a Facebook group called ‘Jackie Chan RIP’ popped up, amassed almost 150,000 likes and turned into a global Twitter trend. When it happened again in 2015, Chan wrote in a Facebook post, “I was shocked by two news reports when I got off the plane. First of all, don’t worry! I’m still alive.”
As the old saying goes, don’t believe everything you read.
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