A Philip Seymour Hoffman death hoax hit the Internet just days before the actor was found dead for real. On Feb. 2, MediaMass.net reported that a Facebook rumor started going around on Friday, claiming that the actor was dead -- and people believed it.
"Rumors of the actor's alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a 'R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman' Facebook page attracted nearly one million likes.' Those who read the 'About' page were given a believable account of the American actor’s passing," MediaMass.net reports. People on Facebook and Twitter kept talking about the actor's death -- but alas it was just another celebrity hoax.
The Philip Seymour Hoffman death hoax turned into a tragic reality two days later. As previously reported, Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment around 11:30 this morning. Police say that he had a needle sticking out of his arm -- and that an overdose is suspected.
This isn't the first time that an actor's death has been "predicted" by a death hoax. Actor Paul Walker was "killed off" on the Internet a couple of times so when he died in a car accident last year, people found it very hard to believe. Sadly, Hoffman suffered the same fate.
The Philip Seymour Hoffman death hoax has a few people still wondering about his current state but it has been confirmed by numerous reliable sources that he is, in fact, dead.
© Effie Orfanides 2014