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Justin Bieber did NOT Die in a Car Crash

Outline
Message circulating via social media claims that popular young singing star Justin Bieber has died in a car accident.



Brief Analysis
The claims in the message are false. Justin Bieber is alive and well. This message is just one more in a long line of hoaxes that have falsely claimed that a celebrity has died. Before passing on any message that claims that a famous person has died, it is a good idea to check the claim via a reliable news source. Also be aware that links in some such death hoaxes lead to malware or survey scam websites. 

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Example
 Justin Bieber died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body.

Justne Bieber Crash Hoax


Detailed Analysis
According to messages that are circulating rapidly via social media websites, young singing superstar Justin Bieber has died in a single vehicle car crash. The reports claim that Justin was pronounced dead at the scene and identified via photoID on his body.




However, the claims in the message are false. His legions of young fans will be glad to know that Justin is alive and well. In fact Justin is just the latest victim in a long, sorry, series of celebrity death hoaxes.

Many of these false death rumours originate from several tasteless "prank" 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 attempt to fool their friends by sharing the bogus story. One such template is the "car accident" story used in this hoax. Other versions falsely claim that the targeted celebrity has died in a snow boarding accident or fell to his or her death from a cliff while filming in New Zealand.

Before passing on any message that claims that a famous - or infamous - person has died, it is always wise to check the story via a reputable news source. If a well-known person does die, the news is sure to be widely reported by the main-stream media, so a quick search of a news source such as Google News should quickly reveal if the claims in a message are true or false.

Users should also be aware that some of these false celebrity death messages may contain links that lead to survey scams or malware websites.

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Last updated: March 4, 2013
First published: March 4, 2013
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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