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Issue 141 - October 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 4

Johnny Depp is NOT Dead

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Outline
Social media driven messages claim that much loved actor Johnny Depp has died, either from drowning on a film set or in a car accident.



Brief Analysis
The claims are false. Johnny Depp is alive and well. This hoax is just one more in a long, sorry line of celebrity death hoaxes that have lately plagued social media sites. In fact, Johnny Depp has been the victim of several death hoaxes in recent years.

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


Examples
Johnny Depp died. He drowned on the Lone Ranger set.

Johnny DEpp Death Rumour  Twitter

Omg i had no idea johnny depp had died i am grief stricken

Johnny Depp aka Captain Jack Sparrow died??? Fatal car crash accident




Detailed Analysis
According to various messages circulating via Twitter and Facebook, much loved and respected actor Johnny Depp has died. There are at least two versions of the story currently circulating. One claims that Depp died due to a drowning accident while filming on the set if his new blockbuster movie, The Lone Ranger. An alternative version claims that the star died in a car accident.

Thankfully, both stories are false. Johnny Depp is alive and well.

The "drowning" variant of the rumour may have been born of a real life tragedy in which Mike Bridger, a crew member on the Lone Ranger set, died while cleaning a water tank in September 2012. This death was initially reported as a drowning, although later reports suggest that the crew member died of a heart attack.

The car accident version appears to be a born again variant of an earlier Johnny Depp death hoax that circulated back in 2010. In fact, as with other high profile celebrities, Depp has been targeted in several death hoaxes in the last few years.

It is always a good idea to check the veracity of any celebrity death rumour that comes your way before your repost or forward it. If a celebrity really dies, the news is sure to be extensively reported by main stream media outlets around the world. So, if true, reports about the demise of high profile individuals should be easily discoverable via news search sites such as Google News. Moreover, users should avoid clicking links in such unsubstantiated celebrity death stories. Some such links may lead to malware or phishing sites, survey scams or other undesirable destinations.





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References

Johnny Depp Not Dead: Victim Of Another Death Hoax
Johnny Depp Not Dead, Still Alive and Hot As Ever After Drowning Hoax
Lone Ranger Crew Member Dies in On-Set Drowning
Johnny Depp has NOT died in a car crash, but hackers exploit rumours

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Pages in this issue:
  1. ADP 'Transaction Reports' Malware Email
  2. Facebook 'Virus' Warning Message - Album 92
  3. Dubious Facebook 'Security Alert' - Obama Nation Hackers
  4. Johnny Depp is NOT Dead
  5. Social Media Rumours Falsely Claim Fidel Castro is Dead
  6. Justin Bieber Stolen Laptop and Camera - Sex Tape Rumours
  7. 'Interested in Using Your Photo for Pepsi Ad' - Money Laundering Scam
  8. Hoax - Obama's Cook County Correctional Center
  9. NatWest 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam
  10. Facebook Survey Scam - 'Drunk 17 Year Old Caught on Tape'
  11. Facebook's Promoted Posts Program for Users Causing Confusion
  12. 'Little Dead Girl Clarissa' Warning - Nasty and Violent Internet Chain Letter
  13. Hoax Warning Message - 'National Kill A Pit Bull Day'
  14. Yorkshire Building Society - Egg Account Transfer Phishing Scam
  15. Skype 'Password Successfully Changed' Scam Email
  16. Michael Vick Did NOT Break His Legs in a Car Accident