Issue 143 - November 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 18
Lil Wayne is NOT Dead
Social media driven messages claim that American rapper Lil Wayne
has died of a drug overdose.
The claims in the messages are false. Although Lil Wayne was recently hospitalized, he has now been released and is reportedly recovering well. This is just one more in a long line of hoaxes that claim a celebrity has died.
Last updated: November 1, 2012
First published: November 1, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Lil Wayne is NOT Dead
A spate of messages currently circulating via Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets claim that American rapper Lil Wayne
has died. Many of the messages claim that he died as a result of a drug overdose. Several R.I.P Lil Wayne Facebook Pages and groups have also been created.
However, Lil Wayne has not died as claimed. The messages are just more baseless celebrity death rumours. Reports indicate
that Lil Wayne was hospitalized in late October 2012 due to a severe migraine and dehydration. However, he has now been released and is reportedly recovering well. He posted the following message on his Facebook Page
on October 28:
Thanx for all the prayers! I am good.
In fact, a spate of such celebrity death hoaxes have circulated via social media in recent months. Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp, John Cena and various others have all been targeted in recent death hoaxes. And, Lil Wayne himself has been the subject of several other death rumours in recent years. In 2008, a fake BBC news article spread the false rumour that the rapper had died of gunshot wounds. And, in 2011, another fake news report claimed the star had died of a massive PCP overdose.
Given the increasing frequency of such hoaxes, it is always wise to check the veracity of any social media reports about the supposed demise of a celebrity before reposting or sharing. Note also that some versions of these fake death reports contain links that point to malware, rogue app or survey scam websites.
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