Top 10 Most Absurd Celebrity Death Hoaxes

How did these celebrities survive cyber-death?

( In the history of fake deaths, none has eclipsed reports of Beatles front man Paul McCartney’s supposed demise. The hoax, which lasted almost two years, began when McCartney figured in a car accident in 1967. He was obviously alive, but in 1969, students from Drake University published in their school newspaper that McCartney perished in the crash and was replaced by a look-alike.

Four decades later, celebrity death hoaxes have become a regular fixture in the news-only a few headlines short from actual deaths. Such ruses are as fascinating as they are creepy. What, for one, would compel someone to con someone else's death? Is it a plea for attention? A blatant disregard for life? The thrill of anonymity? More importantly, when did these morbid scams become a measure of celebrity status, a test of who’s hot enough to trigger shock and concern, and whose career could use a little death scare to pique interest?

The local celebrity scene has its fair share of death hoaxes, too. did a little digging and 10 of the most controversial death hoaxes in recent history. The moral of the story? Don’t believe everything you read.


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