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Issue 145 - December 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 14

Wrestling Star John Cena is NOT Dead

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Circulating social media message claims that World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star John Cena has died of a head injury while practicing a wrestling stunt with a WWE co-star.

Brief Analysis
The claims in the message are untrue. John Cena is alive and well. The message is a variant of another hoax that claims that WWE star Undertaker has died of a neck injury. The messages are designed to trick users into installing a rogue Facebook application and participating in bogus online surveys.

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Last updated: December 4, 2012
First published: August 6, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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John Cena Death Hoax
John Cena(John Felix Anthony Cena) of World Wrestling Entertainment died in a head injury while perfecting a wrestling stunt with WWE wrestler, Dwayne Johnson or also known as The Rock. Authorities are now investigating. Watch the original video clip from WWE and their effort to save JOHN CENA (for 18yrs & above) --> [Link Removed]

Detailed Analysis
According to this message, John Cena of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) fame has died of a head injury while perfecting a stunt with fellow WWE performer Dwayne Johnson. The message claims that authorities are investigating the accident. Viewers of the message are invited to click a link to watch a video of the accident and the efforts to save the star.

However, the claims in the message are untrue. John Cena is alive and well. There are no credible media or news reports that he has been killed or injured. Nor has WWE reported any such incident involving John Cena. In fact, the message is a reworking of another recent hoax that claimed that WWE star Undertaker had died of a neck injury. As revealed in the following example, the earlier version claimed that Undertaker had died while practicing with John Cena:

The Undertaker of World Wrestling Entertainment died in a neck injury while practicing a wrestling stunt with WWE co - star John Cena. Police are now investigating. Watch the practice video and their effort to save THE UNDERTAKER (for 18yrs & above) --> [link removed]

These wrestler death hoaxes attempt to trick Facebook users into clicking a link in the messages. Links in the messages point to survey scams, some of which include rogue Facebook applications.

Various other false death rumours about both John Cena and Undertaker have also been circulating via Twitter and email over the last several months. Yet another version claimed that those who click a link can view a video of a bout between John Cena and Undertaker which has been called "the bloodiest fight ever". Again, links in the message lead to a rogue app and survey scam. Fans should ignore these rumours. And, if you see such a message, do not follow any links that it may contain.

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  2. 'You Have Received a Secure Message' Malware Emails
  3. Christmas Cards For Dalton Dingus
  4. Jim Carrey is NOT Dead
  5. Australian Power & Gas 'Payment Receipt' Malware Emails
  6. Gmail 'Update Account' Phishing Scam
  7. Starbucks Lack of Support For Iraq Troops Rumor
  8. Holiday Horrors - Are Common Seasonal Decorations Toxic?
  9. Facebook 'Site Governance' Email is Legitimate
  10. RapidFax Malware Email
  11. Facebook Survey Scam - Free Bunnings Gift Card
  12. Plea to Help Find Homes for 52 Thoroughbred Horses
  13. Giant Table and Chairs Horse Shelter Photograph
  14. Wrestling Star John Cena is NOT Dead
  15. Facebook 'Pirates' Fraud Warning
  16. Leptospirosis Death Warning - Rat Urine on Soda Can Top
  17. Egg Windshield Attack Robbery Warning
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