Owen Wilson, Eddie Murphy top this week in 'Celebs Who Are Not Actually Dead'

Owen-Wilson_320.jpg Image Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Good news, everyone! Owen Wilson is not dead.

“Absolutely false. I just spoke with him,” said the actor’s rep, after a flurry of panicked posts made the rounds on Twitter this afternoon.

The hoax is just the latest in false celebrity death claims, which also recently killed off Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, and Morgan Freeman. The Owen Wilson confusion got going with a news report from the dubiously titled Global Associated News, which claimed that Wilson had snowboarded into a tree and died in Zermatt, Switzerland. It then quickly got picked up and passed around. (Oh, the tricky dark side of social networking!) But it was easy to see this one was a hoax:  If you click on the “Home” section of the article, you are directed to a site called Fake a Wish, which allows one to “enter a celebrity name to create a list of fake articles about them.” Sigh. It’s a slow news week and all, but can’t we please just quit with the fake celebrity death reports?

What do you think, PopWatchers? Any other celebrities not dead today?


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  • stephen

    What a weird hoax to start.

    • Chenzo

      I have an idea Sara. Why don’t “reputed” news outlets (EW would like to be included on that list I’m sure) stop using Twitter, Facebook, Bloggers, or the internet in general as source material for your “stories.”

      If I can tweet something erroneous or completely fabricated and see it pop up on your website (or in some other news outlets feed) then something in your profession is seriously awry.

      How bout some honest to goodness research, before you go a-posting.

      • Anna

        Chillax Chenzo

      • Tom

        Chenzo, don’t listen to Anna. You are spot on correct.

      • Bill

        AMEN, Chenzo!

      • Ap

        Why don’t “reputed” news outlets (EW would like to be included on that list I’m sure) stop using Twitter, Facebook, Bloggers, or the internet in general as source material for your “stories.”

        Great idea! Good luck with it though.

      • KFed

        Why? Because they want as many hits for their advertisers as they can get, and tweets et al get hits. The fact that their reputation for being “reputable” is in danger is secondary.

      • Diddy

        Chenzo, Did EW report he died? No. I’m sure if they were going to, they would have done the necessary research to confirm that it was true, if that was in fact the case. They are simply reporting the hoax, assuring fans that the rumor wasn’t true. Nowhere in that article did it say that reputable news organizations were using twitter as a source. Has that happened in the past? Sure. And there is plenty of stuff in the news world to rail against (although an entire abandonment of internet sourcing is a bit rash, no?). This report, however, is not one of them.

  • Jessica cooper

    Himself y the f***would somebody say that maaan!!!!!!!

  • Tracy Murray

    Wasn’t there another celebrity Twitter death hoax this past week involving snowboarding ?

  • dctoronto

    Funny though in most cases their careers are.

    • Tracy Murray

      True , I have yet to see a Twitter death hoax involving an A-list newcomer whose star has not yet fallen .

    • Seddie Forever

      At the very least Eddie Murphy could do a sequel to Trading Places

  • Hamish

    Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead…

    • Mel

      LOL. I’m old enough to get it.

      • Sue1

        Me too. Ah, the good ole days…

      • shauna

        Me too, Mel!

      • pop culture bystander

        Yes, he is valiantly holding on in his fight to remain dead.

    • jules

      me three! Yay!

    • craig

      in related news Chevy Chase is still alive..who knew?

      • steve

        Probably the people who watch him on Community

    • Josh M

      I was going to post it if somebody else hadn’t.

  • Trixie

    Well, if it were up to Owen Wilson, he’d be dead :/

    • benjy

      One can hope………

      • Paul Dicks

        Suicide is not something to joke about.

    • Seriously Trixie?

      That was a BAD joke ….

      • Trixie

        It wasn’t really a joke.

  • Sue

    Well, I knew right away that the news report was bs when it stated that no drugs and alcohol were involved…

  • Dora

    Thank God,you guys get me scared.But now am happy,arrrh…what a relief

  • Linda K

    I heard that Miley Cyrus and Lindsey Lohan have hooked up after Lindsey escaped from Rehab and found Miley on the bong. They’re heading to Bolivia to get married. Yeah, start a rumor that makes sense – who cares if Eddie or Owen are dead.

    • Tonia

      Yeah….LOL

  • ovye audu

    dis is gud. Am new nd i hav 2 say dat it saves us d dout.

    • lol

      Please, enough with the “I’m so cool” idiotic texting language.

  • Michael

    I know the man has a busted up nose but that photo looks a little shopped to me. Has he always had a frenulum on his nose?

  • maxwell

    am praying he comes out to say something. Eddie cant die nw

  • czer

    Who so ever that is spreading this rumors are not good, these celebs have a life too, dey shld just stop with dem rumors

  • Sani sb mohammed

    Is it tru that eddy murphy is dead? I had d rumor in 2go

    • Anna

      I worry for your education…

      • And I…

        Worry for the future.

  • tomm

    I imagine the people who start interent rumours are really pathetic losers, with no social skills.

    • Loyalty

      Pathetic Losers???? really what to you think about judgemental tyrants?

      • d

        I don’t know what to you think?

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