On the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, the world lost a great man when Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. That same afternoon, another celebrity hoax began when an apparent big-time goof by Paris Hilton appeared on Twitter and had her confusing Mandela and Martin Luther King.
Aroudn 5:00 p.m. in the afternoon, a tweet allegeldy posted by Paris Hilton went viral because it said:
"RIP Nelson Mandela. Your "I Have A Dream" speech was so inspiring. An amazing man. <3"
Thw tweet was retweeted and favorited thousands of times before supposedly being deletd. A Twitter account called Deleted Tweets (@DeletedTweets) showed it and linked to a screenshot of her deleted tweet and said, "Paris Hilton mistakes Martin Luther King for Nelson Mandela."
Word is going around now that it is all an elaborate hoax. Many don't believe that the socialite would actually be that oblivious to real-life history and events. That's also not to mention that she was apparently on a plane to Miami when it was posted.
Some more evidence that this is a horribly timed prank is that the screenshot from Deleted Tweets also has disappeared.
There has been no confirmation from Paris Hilton about whether she did it or not, but chances are that she didn't.
Celebrity death hoaxes are nothing new and there have been circulating around social media sites and search engines for years. Here are just a few that have come about over the past year or two:
- World mourns death of Morgan Freeman, but he's truly alive and well
- Reports state death of Rihanna and Bill Cosby, but neither has actually died
- Johnny Depp's death reported twice in Oct. of 2012, but he is certainly not dead
- Keanu Reeves dying in a snowboarding accident proves to be false
- Reese Witherspoon, Usher, and Wiz Khalifa all reportedly die, but all are still alive