A fake news item about actor Amitabh Bachchan's death in a car accident has been doing the rounds since Tuesday. A blog post said, “Amitabh Bachan died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident"
The blogpost went on to give details about the superstar's funeral also.
“Memorial services for Amitabh Bachan have not yet been announced. The service is expected to be a closed casket funeral due to the severe head trauma. Additional details and information will be forthcoming as they become available.”
Big B's fans have reacted strongly to the rumours.
Amitabh Bachchan greets fans
@TheLifeOfAJ: Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) is not dead thank god, stop spreading stupid rumours
@NiTiSHmurthy: PLEASE, Do Not believe in any Hoax news about @SrBachchan 's well being, he's hale & hearty. RT plz!
@barunsen: I have an update, Sir is fine. Please trust me, I am telling the truth. NO PROBLEMS AT ALL. @SrBachchan
@Angry_BigB: Amitabh Bachchan is NOT Dead (as Recklessly Reported by Some)
@Angry_BigB: Amitabh Bachchan 'killed' by net and mobile media!
This is not the first time a celebrity has been killed online. Several other living legends have been subjected to similar hoaxes. Other death rumours that shocked us:
Social networking sites killed Rajesh Khanna saying that he's succumbed to his illness, following days of going without food. Akshay Kumar later on tweeted to clear the air.
"All those spreading rumours, a humble request, get your facts right before reporting. And for those genuinely concerned and inquiring about my father in-law's health, he is doing fine now and on the road to recovery. Thank you for your good wishes."
In September 2011, there was a rumour that Dilip Kumar's health is getting worse. Some tweets even spread news of his death. Later Dilip Kumar's wife Saira Banu issued a public statement clarifying that the actor is in good health and in high spirits.
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar also became the victim of an online death hoax. Internet was abuzz with rumours recently that the singer had passed away.
Lata Mangeshkhar had clarified the rumour on Twitter saying, "Namaskar. Please don't believe any rumours which are doing the rounds about my health and well-being. All is well, by the grace of god," the 82-year-old Lata wrote on her Twitter page.
The news of Rajinikanth's death spread in May last year. The mega star issued a statement to clarify the hoax.
In July of 2011, Playboy’s Hugh Hefner also fell victim to a celebrity death hoax. He's been the victim of these hoaxes for a while.
"RIP Justin Bieber" was trending on Twitter last year.