Debunking email hoaxes and exposing Internet scams since 2003!


Hoax-Slayer Logo Hoax-Slayer Logo

DividerDivider
Home    About    New Articles    RSS Feed    Subscriptions    Contact
DividerDivider
Bookmark and Share









Issue 138 - September 2012 (1st Edition) - Page 2

Robert Duvall is NOT Dead

Issue 138 Start Menu

Previous Article            Next Article

Outline
Circulating messages claim that well respected actor Robert Duvall has died after falling from a cliff while filming in New Zealand.



Analysis
The claims in the messages are untrue. Robert Duvall is still very much alive. There are no credible news reports about his demise. He did not fall from a cliff while filming in New Zealand. This is just one more in a long line of nasty hoaxes that claim that various celebrities have died. In fact, a number of these hoaxes claim that the targeted celebrity has died after falling from the same - apparently dreadfully dangerous - New Zealand cliffs.

Many of these false death rumours originate from several tasteless websites that allow users to create fake news stories detailing the supposed death of various celebrities. Users can generally pick from several "news" templates, add the name of their chosen celebrity and then "prank" their friends by sharing the bogus story. One such template is the "fell while filming in New Zealand" story used in the Robert Duvall version discussed here.

Before passing on such death messages, it is always wise to check their veracity via a legitimate news source. The main-stream media loves a good celebrity death, so you can rest assured that the passing of a well known personage will not go unreported. Doing a quick search via a news aggregator such as Google News would generally be enough to find out if a death rumour is true or false

Bookmark and Share
Detailed analysis and references below example.





Scroll down to submit comments
Last updated: August 29, 2012
First published: August 29, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example

Robert Duvall Death Hoax
WOW!!! Truly one of my favorite..R.I.P. Actor - Robert Duvall Falls To His Death In New Zealand

Actor Robert Duvall died while filming a movie in New Zealand early this morning - August 27, 2012



Bookmark and Share





Previous Article            Next Article

Issue 138 Start Menu

Pages in this issue:
  1. Free Flights on Southwest Spam Emails
  2. Robert Duvall is NOT Dead
  3. Woolworths 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam
  4. Pharmacy Spam Emails Pretend to be From Vimeo
  5. 'Science Guy' Bill Nye is NOT Dead
  6. Baby With Bong Protest Message
  7. Very.co.uk Shopping Voucher Phishing Scam
  8. Royal Mail "Group Shipment Advisory" Malware Emails
  9. Does a Circulating Photograph Show the Approach of Tropical Storm Isaac?
  10. Hoax - Giant Killer Snake Found in the Red Sea
  11. Does a Photograph Show a Massive Spider found in a Manchester UK House?
  12. Hoax - 'Deadly Sanitary Pad' Responsible for 53 Deaths
  13. Boy Shot By Step Dad Charity Hoax
  14. Olympic Tower 2016 - Rio Solar City Tower Design