The latest celebrity to fall victim to a fake death post on Facebook is Celine Dion. According to two different Facebook apps, the musician died in a collision with a vehicle or plane. And there is no evidence whatsoever to support these claims! The vocalist known for “I’m Alive” is still with us.
The fake posts, claiming to be from Fox News and CNN and saying “RIP Celine Dion 1968 – 2013?” and “Will her heart go on?” respectively have been shared online. Celine Dion died in a car accident.
“Breaking news from Hollywood: Celine Dion has died. Celine Dion died due to injuries sustained in plane accident at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday, October 20. Global Associated, also known as Mediafetcher, is the company responsible for the news.
According to contactmusic.com, a CNN excerpt reports that “Celine Dion is presumed dead in private plane crash.” Global says Celine died today at “Denver Peak Regional Airport.”
On the other hand, the fake post published by Fox News read the following: “Investigators informed reporters that Celine Dion lost control while driving a friend’s car on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times, killing her instantly.”
At the time of the collision, the car is believed to have been traveling about 95mph in a 55mph zone.
According to about.com, these apps are malicious and access other users’ profile information to post on their behalf. The purpose of the program is to reproduce itself, and one of the ways it does this is by posting advertising messages on the sites of all members of the user’s friends list.
In March 2012, when “RIP Celine Dion” started trending globally on Twitter, the same claims first appeared on a website that was intended to be a scam. The program intended to use the fake reports it generated for its own purposes.
Justin Bieber, Eddie Murphy, Kanye West, Britney Spears and Morgan Freeman are among other A-list celebrities who have fallen victim to death hoaxes in recent years.
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