Did the global superstar really perish in Queensland?
Tom Cruise is the latest victim of a celebrity death hoax
Tom Cruise was reported dead this morning by 9 News, an Australian TV station. The site has since scrubbed any mention of the report, but "Global Associated News" via MediaFetcher.com attributes its story to 9 News.
The initial item claimed that Cruise had died in a single-car crash while on vacation in Australia. The news station reported that he had been identified by a photo ID found at the scene. Further confirmation was allegedly provided by the Royal Queensland Police, whom 9 News claimed had investigated the accident. Even more credence was given to the report because the crash was alleged to have occurred on one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the country.
Did it actually happen?
No it didn't. At the bottom of the story, just after the words "about this website" reads "FAKE... THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes!"
And according to Examiner, Cruise was in Los Angeles at the premiere of "Oblivion" with actress Olga Kurylenko on Wednesday night.
Cruise has "died" before
Three years ago, in a span of six months, the actor reportedly died multiple times while in New Zealand. Once in a car crash, once after falling off of a cliff and once in a plumbing accident.
Not the only one
Cruise, of course, isn't the first celebrity to be accidentally declared dead. Two days ago, a confusing Twitter hashtag announcing the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — #nowthatcherisdead — misled fans of singer Cher into thinking the 66-year-old singer had died. In January, news spread that reggae singer Shaggy had been stabbed to death during a nightclub brawl in Los Angeles. For Shaggy, who's still very much alive, it was the second time in a year that his death had become a rumor, after last summer's rumor that he'd been killed, like Cruise, in a car accident.
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