There are some repeat victims, with two or sometimes more death hoaxes going viral for certain celebrities.
Actors Will Smith and Macaulay Culkin are popular targets, as people seem particularly quick to believe that the pair have died.
The site has a story claiming that Rowan Atkinson was found dead in an apparent suicide.
It’s difficult to imagine anyone would have been fooled by the story, which refers to the British comedian as “US actor and comedian” Rowan Atkinson and claimed that he was found dead in his home… report was actually a cut-and-paste copy of another story claiming that Adam Sandler was dead, one that went viral two separate times in the past year.
The report also seemed to mix up details about the real-life death of comedian Robin Williams.
His publicist said he had been “battling severe depression”.
In the past he had talked, and even joked, about his struggles with alcohol and drugs.
Atkinson had recently returned to a rehabilitation center to “fine-tune” his sobriety, the Los Angeles Times reported in September.