The Most Ridiculous Celebrity Death Hoaxes Of All Time

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. 

Paul McCartney

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.

Avril Lavigne

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theories, there’s a similar one that believes Canadian singer Avril Lavigne committed suicide in 2003 and has been replaced by lookalike actress Melissa Vandella.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:

Justin Bieber

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.

Celine Dion

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.”

Jackie Chan

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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Jacob Elordi Says The Obsession With His Body 'Really Fkn Bothered Him'

“I don’t identify with that whatsoever."

Women in Hollywood have long suffered under the pressure to look ‘perfect’ and live up to unrealistic standards of beauty. However, many high profile men also struggle with the same body image issues – including The Kissing Booth star Jacob Elordi.

In a recent interview with Men’s Health, Elordi said the attention that was placed on his looks – and specifically, his body – when he was cast in The Kissing Booth “really f*cking bothered” him. Hear all about it below:

“I trained extensively for the first film, because it said it in the script,” Elordi said. “I was so terribly nervous that I wouldn’t be what the script wanted me to be.”

“At the time, I was super young and got thrown into a world where everyone wanted to talk about my body… it really f*cking bothered me,” he revealed. “I don’t identify with that whatsoever. I was trying to prove myself and be known as an actor. It was so much working out and I hated every second of it.” 

Credit: Netflix

Elordi told Men’s Health he chose not to train at all for The Kissing Booth 2 and now focuses more on yoga and pilates “as a tool to stay centred and grounded in the midst of all the tumult in the world.”

It’s a shame Jacob Elordi felt the need to fit his body to the ‘perfect’ mould for his role in the film, but it’s not the first time a male celeb has been objectified in the limelight. 

In a 2013 interview with Sunday Style, Twilight actor Robert Pattinson revealed he has struggled with “body dysmorphia, overall tremendous anxiety” since skyrocketing to international fame.

“I suppose it’s because of these tremendous insecurities that I never found a way to become egotistical. I don’t have a six-pack and I hate going to the gym. I’ve been like that my whole life. I never want to take my shirt off. I’d prefer to get drunk,” he said.

Then there are the high profile men who have dealt with body-shaming trolls, including Noah Centineo and Jason Momoa – who copped ridiculous “dad bod” claims last year.

It’s important to remember that although celebrities are incredibly talented, famous and often genetically-blessed – they aren’t projections of what society deems ‘perfection’ and the sooner we realise that, the less pressure everyone will face.

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The World's Patience With Influencers Is Wearing Thin Amidst The Pandemic

"Please stop for a second and think."

The global pandemic has resulted in record job losses, fear, uncertainty and challenging times for many of us. It has also impacted the livelihoods of influencers, who make a quick buck by promoting brands and products on their social media platforms. However, with many brands reluctant to spend money on advertising during the pandemic, influencers have been left high and dry and resorting to some questionable tactics to keep the money coming in.

Aussie Instagram influencer Miann Scanlan landed in hot water this week when she sent out an 11-page marketing proposal to PR agencies offering “an opportunity for brands to gain access to her stories free of charge through birthday gift story unboxings.” She said the first Instagram story would be free until August 7th, and then any additional post would cost $50 per story. 

According to the Daily Telegraph, one publicist labelled Scanlan’s proposal “really distasteful” given the current circumstances and that many businesses are struggling to make ends meet amidst the pandemic.

Following the backlash, Scanlan told her 48.6K Instagram followers she resigned from her full time job earlier this year which was “bad timing as the pandemic hit just after.” The Brisbane-based influencer said she began shooting Instagram content “with hopes to secure paid campaigns,” and that her proposal was merely a way to “reconnect” with old and new PR agencies.

“I have a platform with the ability to boost enquiries and sales for businesses and brands with the potential to also generate income for myself, so why should I be any different?” she ended her lengthy post.

While it appears Scanlan’s ‘I’ll scratch your back, if you scratch mine’ strategy backfired, this isn’t the first time brands, businesses and agencies have gone head-to-head with social media influencers amidst the pandemic. 

Speaking of influencers, hear Martha from Married at First get real about reality TV below:

In April, New Zealand patisserie and dessert restaurant Miann, took to Instagram to call out influencers directly. “Dear influencer,” the post begins. “Before you send that email asking us to ‘collab’ with you in return for free products to post on your social pages, PLEASE STOP FOR A SECOND AND THINK.”

“Think about the restaurateurs, food producers, that have had ZERO income for a month, the possibility of 50% drop in revenue for the next few months. Think about the PEOPLE whom you are asking for stuff for free from, to boost your own profile,” they wrote. 

“It’s time for you to bring value to your local businesses and go order some food from your favourite places, pay for it, post it, feel good about it. You just helped a small business!”

It was a similar story after actor Harry Cook DM’ed P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants in Sydney looking for a “collab”. Cook asked the business if they’d consider “sending a complimentary case once a month in exchange for some social media promotion?”

The 29-year-old actor was quickly shut down by P&V, who said his message was “totally uncool.”

“We’re in here working our asses off to support a near-devastated hospitality industry with ramifications on primary producers and winemakers who are at the brink in a destroyed industry and you want a free dozen wines a month for social posts? Nah,” they responded.

All of the above is a perfect lesson in reading the room, and realising the reality of the world we’re living in at the moment. 

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