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Alex Trebek: Death hoax hits 'Jeopardy' host as he raps clues on his show

Alex Trebek has long been a source of conversation as he's been the host of "Jeopardy" for what seems like forever. Well, his name began trending on Jan. 6, 2014, and many people automatically feared the worst that he might have been history, but it was just another death hoax. TODAY simply reported that he was trending because he decided to rap the clues on a recent episode of "Jeopardy."

Alex Trebek is not dead even though the Internet said he was.
Alex Trebek is not dead even though the Internet said he was.Poptower

On the Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, episode of "Jeopardy," there was a category called "It's A Rap." As usual, Alex Trebek tried to get into the spirit and imitate the subject of his clues much in the same way as when he uses accents for other languages.

That is when Trebek started rapping the lyrics of Grandmaster Flash, the Beastie Boys, and others.

Almost immediately, #AlexTrebek began trending on Twitter and across other social media sites. Confusion and misinterpretation happened instantly and soon the "Alex Trebek has died" death hoax began.

Word of mouth is usually how the celebrity death hoaxes - such as Morgan Freeman, Rihanna, Reese Witherspoon - end up happening.

From there, the wildfire spreads across the Internet at the speed of light and everyone thinks a celebrity has died.

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