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Wayne Knight dead? Death hoax takes over Facebook, Knight not killed in crash

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Was actor Wayne Knight killed in an accident involving a tractor trailer? That seems to be the rumor spreading like wildfire on Facebook today, March 16. Without any major news outlets confirming the news, it appears as though Wayne Knight's death is just a hoax. Aside from the fact that the "news" hasn't been confirmed yet, the "Seinfeld" actor's supposed death looks like it was fabricated with intricate details.

If you click on the "trend" on Facebook you will see links to "Us Weekly" and "TMZ." When you click these links, however, you are taken to phony sites that merely resemble the real ones. Go to the real sites directly and there are no such stories.

Wayne Knight is not dead despite the seemingly desperate attempts to kill him off. Since the actor hasn't tweeted since February, he seems like a great target for whomever may have started these rumors. However, he just tweeted and confirmed that he's alive! "Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, but….I am alive and well!"

Just in case you were wondering, here is the fake story from the "fake" Us Weekly. "[Knight is] dead and two other passengers are critically injured after their vehicle slammed into a disabled semi-tractor-trailer late Saturday night along Route 446 near the Pennsylvania-New York state border in Eldred Township."

This was enough, however, to get thousands of people talking -- and Knight's "death" has already been updated on Wikipedia... and you know how that goes.

So, long story short, Wayne Knight isn't dead.

Long live Newman!

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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