The year 2009 has seen many celebrity-death rumours and the 2010 too began with the demise of the 'Sexiest Man Alive', Johnny Depp.
Actor Johnny Depp, star of The Pirates of The Caribbean died in a fatal car accident on March 25, 2004. Something is out place here? Yes! The news is a hoax. The dateline is incorrect and the web site that presented it, created a spurious web page of CNN to post it.
Yet the rumours of Depp's death clouded the Internet and news of this fatal accident tweeted and fans mourned his death on many networking sites. But so much for logic… who was acting in the 2006 flicks The Pirates… if Depp died in 2004?According to reports, a website angelfire.com made a fake web page of CNN News that reveals that Johnny Depp is dead. As per the fraud website "Johnny Depp's car was found alongside a road outside Bordeaux, France, with the guard rail embedded deep inside the car." Images of car wreckage were also posted with the news. (See Picture on the right)
The website claimed that CNN's Melissa Gray and Harris Whitback wrote this report - but there are many obvious clues that they didn't. It may be noted that the dateline of fraud web page was March 25, 2004. Also, right after it said 'alcohol' caused the incident, there was a story below about British explorers who escaped from caves in Mexico, which nowhere linked to the story above!
Now, truth be told Depp did not die in a car accident … he is alive and kicking! The news about Depp's death are mere rumours. God knows what will happen to the web site thated post this fraud? But it has got its share of clicks for a day.