Why Are You Killing Gilligan Again? Bob Denver Died 10 Years Ago!

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  • by: Alan Duke

Many thousands of you are saddened today by word that "Gilligan's Island" actor Bob Denver is dead. Really? Denver died in September 2005 at the age of 70 and you are just now posting it on Facebook?

Lead Stories' Trendolizer detected an Associated Press story on the CBS News website titled "Actor Bob Denver Dies" as trending on Twitter and Facebook on Saturday, January 16, 2016. The only explanation is that thousands of people have been stranded on an island without the Internet since for a decade. Or that they posted something from someone who has and just returned to find out Denver died.

To make it even worse -- or perhaps better -- this is not the first time the Internet has re-killed Denver. His death report also trended as if new in December 2013 with the same #RIP tweets and clever lines such as "My little buddy has finally made it off the island."

Post this clarification whenever you see a Facebook freind has fallen for the hoax. It will make you seem smarter.

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Even smart people like comedian D.L. Hughley are failing to read the date and reposting the report.

Check out the chart below. It shows in real time the trajectory of the trending story as calculated by our Trendolizer.


  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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