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From falling off mountains to snowboarding accidents, all these stars have been victims of death hoaxes.
In June 2010 a prankster started the rumour that Russell Crowe had fallen off a mountain in Austria and had died. Crowe took to his Twitter to deny the news, writing: "Unable to answer the tweets, fell off a mountain in Austria, all over red rover. Don't know how I got there, but the media are never wrong. G'Bye".
In 2011 news that Jon Bon Jovi had died of a cardiac arrest started circulating online. Thankfully the musician was alive and well and saw the funny side of it. In fact he posted a picture online of himself holding a sign saying "Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey (where he lives)".
Rumours started circulating on Twitter that Lady Gaga had been in a fatal car accident. Thankfully this was nothing more than a hoax, some say generated by Justin Bieber's fans!
Stories about Freeman's passing have circulated several times, but in 2012, a prankster created a Facebook page called 'RIP Morgan Freeman'. The 'Dark Knight' actor decided to end the rumours and wrote on his Facebook page: "Like Mark Twain, I keep reading that I have died. I hope those stories are not true... . But if they are, I'm happy to report that my afterlife seems identical to my life when I was alive. I did go to Las Vegas to begin work on the film 'Last Vegas.' That is anything but a death sentence. - Morgan"
In 2009 a fake CNN article claimed that 'The Garden State' actor had committed suicide. The news went viral, but Braff was alive and well, filming his popular sitcom 'Scrubs'. To reassure his fans he was fine, he posted a video online, saying: "I'm alive. I'm here at 'Scrubs' shooting the new 'Scrubs' title sequence which is a little bit like dying, so I guess that was semi-accurate. Also, I would never off myself with pills. If I had to do it, I would do it the way that everyone else would do it—by hitting myself with pots and pans."
The 'Beverly Hills Cop' actor has not been the victim of a death hoax once, but six times! The latest was in December when news of his passing hit Twitter and even made the rumour trend!
In 2011 news that Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson had fallen off a mountain in New Zealand showed up online. The actor was not impressed and tweeted: "I would love to meet the person who is starting rumors of my death — to show them how a dead foot feels up their a**". Ouch!
It seems that pranksters particularly enjoy the 'falling off a mountain in New Zealand' joke, as they used it for Jeff Goldblum too. The 'Independence Day' actor is not without a sense of humour, and said, in reply to the hoax: "No one will miss Jeff Goldblum more than me. He was not only a friend and a mentor, but he was also... me."
In 2011 some joker circulated the news that comedienne Joan Rivers had died. When The Huffington Post contacted her, Rivers replied, in her typical cheeky way: "I don't know where this came from. I did very well performing this weekend in Ottawa and I didn't even bomb on stage. I think this story came from Betty White — that b***h!"
In 2000 when Britney and Justin were dating, a radio station falsely reported that the pair had been involved in a fatal car accident. Thankfully most people didn't believe the story.
In 2000 news broke that Eminem had been killed in a car accident. Soon after, his song 'Stan' was released and the video shows the rapper dying in a car accident. Rather than a hoax, this sounds like a PR stunt of not very good taste!
In November 2013 rumours about Celine Dion's death started appearing on Facebook. One story claimed she'd been involved in a car accident, whilst another said it was a plane crash. Her fans were initially distraught, but thankfully the singer was absolutely fine and the news denied.
The 'Anchorman' actor was said to having been killed in a sporting accident in 2006. Thankfully it was nothing more than a hoax.
In September 2013 news began circulating that the 'Carrie' actress had died in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland. Moretz was very upset and used her social media account to put the rumours to rest, writing: "I don't know who made this up but you're disgusting. I am not dead. I did not die from snowboarding. It isn't even snowing here in Switzerland".
Paris Hilton too was the victim of a hoax when rumours of her death circulated in 2007.