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Issue 123 - January 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 7

Rihanna Is NOT Dead

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Social media messages claim that popular singer Rihanna has died in a plane crash.

The claims in the messages are untrue. Rihanna is alive and well.

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Last updated: 11th January 2012
First published: 11th January 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer

Sad News Once Again, Singer and Songwriter RIHANNA passed away some Hours ago in a Plane crash on her way to Germany to shoot her new music video... Our Prayers and Condolences go out to her Family! Pass This message on So that people would know how short life is and that fame and fortune can't buy you life. RIP

RIHANNA death hoax

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According to messages that are currently circulating rapidly via Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, singing star Rihanna has been killed in a plane crash.

However, the claims in the messages are untrue. Rihanna is alive and well.

Celebrity page Gossip Cop has reported on the story noting that "Rihanna is the victim of a death hoax" and that the death rumour is "100% false". And confirms her "aliveness".

Moreover, the star herself has been posting on her own social networks since her supposed demise.

And this is not the first time that the star has supposedly died. In August 2011, rumours were circulating that claimed that Rihanna had died in a car accident.

In fact, the messages are just more incarnations in a long, sorry line of absurd celebrity death hoaxes that have circulated via email and social networks for many years.

If you receive a message claiming that a famous person has died, it is wise to take the time to verify the claim via a reputable news source before sending it on. If the death really happened it will certainly be well covered by the mainstream media and stories about the death should be easily locatable via a Google News search.

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Pages in this month's issue:
  1. A Special Appeal to Facebook Users - Unauthorised Use of Baby Zoe Chambers Photograph
  2. TalkTalk Service Cancellation Phishing Scam
  3. Facebook Protest Message Against Casey Anthony Book Deal
  4. Gang Initiation Warning Hoax - Infant Car Seat Left On Roadside
  5. What is a Facebook Survey Scam? - Survey Scams Explained
  6. Fake LinkedIn Email Leads to Pharmacy Spam Website
  7. Rihanna Is NOT Dead
  8. Animal Mistreatment Protest Message - Firecracker Put In Dog's Mouth
  9. Hoax - Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share to Help Baby With Facial Cancer
  10. Social Media Driven Hope Barbie Campaign
  11. Unfounded Facebook Rumour - Thierry Mairot Wants to Talk to Children About Sex
  12. Animal Rescue Site Email Forward
  13. Eden Project Recall Of Bracelets Made From Jequirity Bean
  14. Hoax Warning: Lost Child Lure - 'New Way for Gang Members to Rape Women'
  15. 'Switch to Pink Facebook' Survey Scam
  16. Tanner Dwyer Friend Request Hacker Hoax
  17. "Went To The Party" Anti Drink-Driving Message
  18. Bogus Warning Claims KiK Messenger is a Hacking Scheme
  19. Bogus Amazon Shipping Confirmation Emails Point To Malware
  20. Stolen Tibetan Spaniels Alert
  21. Video Of Hero Dog Pulling Another Dog From A Busy Highway
  22. Facebook Message - RIP for Family Slain by Man Dressed as Santa
  23. False Warning - Do Not Add 'Jason Lee' Because Its a Virus