Is Lil Wayne dead? Rapper Weezy is fortunately alive and well, but another death hoax has struck the star after a RIP Facebook video hit the Web, going viral in just a few days and spanning across top news searches. The virus-ridden clip was quickly proven false by anxious Lil Wayne fans, but this latest attempt at claiming the singer died from an overdose, seizure, or some other reason continue on and on. Guardian LV News shares what’s happening with this latest fatal scare this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.
The Lil Wayne dead hoax is getting mighty old for some Weezy fans, and once again this month, it doesn’t look like these false rumors are going away anytime soon. The viral video, a combination of clips entitled “RIP Weezy,” has garnered a tremendous backlash from upset fans of the popular rapper. (The still recent death of Paul Walker, whose death notice turned out to be all too real, only rubbed salt in the wounds.) The clip didn’t just tell fake news, however; the viral Facebook video also contained a virus that damaged some user’s social media accounts, adds the report.
“As users on Facebook shared the video, it required the download, spreading the virus to thousands of users. Currently, no party has been named for starting the video share, but it seems thousands were either victims of the share or incidentally shared the video. Be sure to delete any video posts that is unfamiliar. The video shared on Facebook was labeled "RIP: Rapper Lil Wayne Found Dead.”
Of course, people asking, “Is Lil Wayne dead?” is nothing entirely new to the star. Wayne is known to suffer from harrowing seizures, and the occurrences of these scares has led to one too many death hoaxes in recent years, higher than most celebrities, in fact. The RIP clip became such a big hit on Facebook before news sources warned readers that not only was the video fake, but it could actually harm one’s computer.
Outside of the Lil Wayne death scare, here are other trending celebrity fatality fakes:
• "Cher’s death hoax circulated in April. The singer/actress immediately took to Twitter to announce her well-being.
• Earlier this year Megan Fox was rumored as a victim of Death, but that of course, was found to be untrue.
• Kick-Ass starlet Chloë Grace Moretz faced a hoax in September when a rumor surfaced she died in a snowboarding accident. Moretz was not entertained and took to Twitter to slap the rumor down, calling the unnamed originator “sick.”
• Paul McCartney was rumored to be dead, again. 40 years ago he suffered a false rumor, this time it was updated on the world of Twitter. McCartney is healthy and alive."
The message from all this? Don't always believe what you hear online right away, it seems.