Morgan Freeman dead hoax

Filed in Gather Celeb News Channel by on December 19, 2010 0 Comments

Actor Morgan Freeman is the latest celebrity death hoax to hit the internet.

The famed actor is not dead and the rumor was started by someone on Twitter who clearly has too much time on his hands. The Twitter culprit sent out a fake “Retweet” (a repeat of what someone else tweets) that read: “RT @CNN: Breaking News: actor Morgan Freeman has passed away in his Burbank home << wow legendary actor #RIPmorganfreeman” (via PopEater).

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 25: ( Actor Morgan Freeman poses with the Hollywood Innovator Award during the 14th annual Hollywood Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 25, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Hollywood Awards)This tweet spread like wildfire on Twitter and in a matter of minutes, hundreds of people thought that Morgan Freeman was dead. No one went to check CNN right away which caused the rumor to get even bigger.

Of course this happens a lot of times and it’s truly amazing how things spread on the internet. Now with social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, it’s so much easier for rumors to be spread. Morgan Freeman is the latest celebrity to have a rumor spread about him, and thankfully it’s only just a rumor!

© Effie Orfanides 2010

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