Certain celebrities are frequent targets of death hoaxes and many of them use social media to respond to news of their untimely deaths with satire.
In 2012, a fake news site declared that Usher had died in a car accident. He dispelled the rumors with a tweet and a shirtless photo. “I must’ve died and went to heaven… Alive and cold kickin’ ass!”
I must've died and went to heaven…Alive and cold kickin ass!! URIV http://t.co/Lj8zWn40
— Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) April 10, 2012
In 2011, a blog posted that Bon Jovi was found dead in a hotel room in New Jersey, a victim of cardiac arrest. The rocker responded by posting a photo of himself holding a sign with the current date and time, and captioned it “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey.”
"Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey" -jbj. Rest assured that Jon is alive and well! This photo was just taken.
On November 6, 2014, someone on Facebook set up a memorial page for “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin. Culkin spoofed the death rumor by posting “Weekend at Bernie’s” parody photos.
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On May 4, 2011, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson supposedly died after falling off a cliff in New Zealand The actor debunked the rumor by tweeting, “I would love to meet the person who is starting rumors of my death — to show them how a dead foot feels up their ass.”
I would love to meet the person who is starting rumors of my death – to show them how a dead foot feels up their ass.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 4, 2011
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