The internet is a weird place where you cannot imagine what happens next. At times it gets extremely scary due to the disgusting rumors. Fake news started on the internet spreads like a wild fire, which even the media also starts following blindly.
There have been so many disgusting rumors spread by the internet and media. One of the most disgusting and shocking news is celebrity death hoax. Many celebrities have become victim of death hoax and have been declared dead by the media, which almost gave heart attacks to their fans.
Latest in the list of celebrity death hoaxes is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Recently, a Pakistani news channel spread the news of Aishwarya’s suicide. ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ actress was rumored to kill herself in Pakistani news channel, which Indian news channels also started telecasting. Well, the actress declared all the claims to be disgusting by clearing the news.
The legendary actor of South Industry was also declared dead by the media in 2011. The actor, who will soon be seen in his upcoming movie 2.0 was hospitalized due to allergy and viral infection that led to his death hoax. Eventually, his wife had to come forward to clear the fake news.
- Madhuri Dixit
Yes, the dancing dive of Bollywood, Madhuri Dixit also became victim of fake death news. Actually, a lady with the same name died in her vicinity due to heart attack and the media spread wrong news of Madhuri Dixit’s death. Her fans got frenzy and started sending condolences over the internet.
- Amitabh Bachchan
It is not just the Bachchan daughter-in-law who became victim of death news. Amitabh Bachchan also went through the same phase when he was rumored to be died in a car crash in the US. The person who shared the news also shared details of his funeral and other last rites. Though Big B didn’t pay attention to the news, and chose not to respond to that.
- Ayushmann Khurrana
The actor, singer and VJ, Ayushmann Khurrana was also claimed to be dead in an accident in 2013. It was reported that the actor died in a snowboard accident in Switzerland. The actor clarified and disgusted the news by tweeting, “I have been hearing some bizarre rumors about my demise. RIP rumor mongers. Thanks!”
I have been hearing some bizarre rumors about my demise. RIP rumor mongers. Thanks!
— Abhimanyu Roy (@ayushmannk) April 17, 2013
- Dilip Kumar
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar has also fallen prey to death hoax. News of his death has been spread not once but twice. Once he was rumored to be dead through a message on WhatsApp and second time through media channel. It was said that the actor got heart attack at Salman Khan’s sister Arpita’s reception and died after that. Senior Bachchan later claimed the news to be fake and tweeted, “Some baseless rumours being spread about Yusuf Saheb – Dilip Kumar, being ill… Saira ji just informed me he is perfectly fine !”
- Lata Mangeshkar
The nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar was not spare either. Some evil mind started rumor of her death reading which people went completely crazy on the micro blogging site Twitter. The legendary actress also took help of Twitter to put rest to the fake news and tweeted “Namaskar. Pls don’t believe any rumors which are doing the rounds about my health & well-being. All is well, by the Grace of God.”
Namaskar. Pls don't believe any rumors which are doing the rounds about my health & well-being. All is well, by the Grace of God.
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) February 2, 2012
- Katrina Kaif
Bollywood’s bombshell Katrina Kaif has also gone through the trauma of death hoax. As she is not so active on social media, she became a soft target for the fake news. Facebook page of a website Mediamass.net posted news of her death and wrote, “At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (November 26, 2013), our beloved actress Katrina Kaif passed away. Katrina Kaif was born on July 16, 1984 in Hong Kong. She will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.” Later, Katrina’s representatives clarified that it was a fake story.
- Shakti Kapoor
The actor, who is well-known for his negative and comedy roles, also went through the death hoax. News of his death was spread by a WhatsApp text that declared the actor dead. Shakti Kapoor’s complete family started getting messages early in the morning enquiring about his well-being. Shakti Kapoor said, “I assured them I’m fine but the calls don’t stop. I am tired of telling people that I’m not dead.”
- Yo Yo Honey Singh
News of Yo Yo Honey Singh’s death spread like a fire when his picture lying on a hospital bed went viral. It was actually a still from his music video ‘Bring Me Back’ which became base of the fake news. He cleared the fake news with tweet, “News of YoYo’s accident is a fake rumour must be spread by some haters. Please don’t bother and Keep blessing YoYo.”
News of YoYo's accident is a fake rumour must be spread by some haters. Please don't bother and Keep blessing YoYo
— Yo Yo Honey Singh (@asliyoyo) June 2, 2014
- Bappi Lahiri
Indian singer who is known for his love for gold was also killed by the digital media. In 2011, a website from neighboring country reported news of Bappi Lahiri’s sudden demise. He later put the rumors to rest and said it is nothing but work of empty minds.
Now isn’t it too cheap to spread fake news of someone’s death just to get a few likes. It shows that people can go to any limits to get publicity and fame in the digital world.