You may have read the rumor that Helgi Steinar, a stand up comedian from Iceland, was rushed to hospital and died of a heart attack. None of it is true, it is just another celebrity death hoax.
Icelandic comedian Helgi Steinar died in a Reykjavik hospital today after short illness, according to the family. The cause of death was not given.
The Icelandic stand up comedian was rushed to the hospital today after he suddenly fell to the ground, condition experts describe as heart attack, but died briefly during the treatment.
Steinar has already taken to twitter to deny the rumor:
That seems consistent with the hoax story, after all it said he only "died briefly".
The website Global News (glonews360.com) is part of a larger network of fake news websites that is known to specialize in celebrity death hoaxes. Recently they've begun using a new tactic, waiting until a famous person is reported to be in hospital by mainstream news sources and then publishing a death hoax a few days later that is then believed by many people because it seems more plausible after seeing the hospitalization stories.
Recently the fake news network has run no less than four death hoaxes about current and former African leaders:
- Fake News: President Of Namibia Hage Geingob Did NOT Die At 75 From Food Poisoning
- Fake News: Ex-Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi Did NOT Die At 93
- Fake News: Zimbabwe's Former President Robert Mugabe Did NOT Die at 94
- Fake News: Julius Malema NOT In A Coma After Car Crash, Driver NOT Dead
For this and some other reasons we suspect the network is being run from somewhere in Africa.