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Last updated: December 4, 2012
First published: August 6, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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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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