Fake News: Various Celebrities Who "Peacefully Passed By A Home" Are NOT Dead

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

Wrestler Mark Calloway, actor Matt LeBlanc, Rapper DMX (aka Earl Simmons), singer Jennifer Lopez, Jaden Smith (son of Will Smith), rapper Tekashi69 (aka Daniel Hernandez), actress Mahira Khan, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, George Lopez, athlete Dwyane Wade (aka The Flash), documentary maker David Attenborough and artist Stan Lee are all victims of the latest celebrity death hoax trend on Twitter.

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Presumably it all started with this joke tweet from The Wrestling Outsider, claiming Mark "The Undertaker" Calloway had "peacefully passed by a home":

Many people misunderstood an thought he had "passed away", causing the tweet to be retweeted over 8,000 times.

Since then many other people have jumped on the bandwagon and started tweeting about other celebrities peacefully passing by things.


  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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