Comic Actor Leslie Nielsen Has Died Again (On Facebook): Isn't Once Enough?

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  • by: Alan Duke

What is it about your Facebook "Friends" always wanting to mourn the death of a celebrity years after they actually died? It was Gilligan (Bob Denver) a few days ago, but now it's comic actor and Airplane! star Leslie Nielson whose death reports are being recycle on social media.

For the record, Nielson died in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia on November 28, 2010. He was 84.

Lead Stories' Trendolizer -- in case you don't know -- scours social nets and detects what is trending. Our Trendolizer tells us that a BBC report from November 29, 2010 telling of Nielsen's death has been viral on Facebook starting in the morning of Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Please remind your friends to check the expiration date before sharing old news.

Here's our chart that shows the trend:

  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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