Summary: Online reports and rumours claim that teen singer and TV star Miley Cyrus was killed in a car accident(Full commentary below).
Example:(Collected online, September 2008)
Actress Miley Cyrus Died in Terrible Car Accident
Teen star of the hit Disney television series "Hannah Montana" Miley Cyrus appears to have died in a tragic car accident in the early hours of Friday morning. The young starlet was on her way to the filiming of the upcoming "Hannah Montanna" Series when her vehicle was reportedly hit by a large truck. Witnesses estimate that the colliding vehicle was travelling at "At least 55mph" and had "Run a stop sign." Although rushed in a critical condition to Pacific Alliance Medical Centre , the news broke quickly amongst reporters that the teen had succumbed to her injuries during surgery.
Screenshot of fake news story:
In early September 2008, fake reports began circulating that claimed that popular teen singer and TV star Miley Cyrus had been killed in a car accident. According to the reports, Miley succumbed to her injuries during surgery after the accident on the morning of Friday 5th September. However, this claim is no more than a cruel hoax perpetrated by unknown pranksters. Miley Cyrus is alive and well. In fact, on the Friday evening, hours after her supposed death, the young star performed at Fashion Rocks a concert held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
The hoax gained momentum after the fake Yahoo news article shown above was posted online. The Wikipedia entry about Miley was also modified to include the false report about her death. And the unfounded rumour spread even more rapidly after a false report about the star's death was posted on Digg.com.
Although many people were fooled, subsequent legitimate news reports exposed the reports of Miley's death as a hoax. An article on FoxNews.com notes:
A fake report created by pranksters that claimed "Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus died in a car accident Friday morning was proven to be a hoax, as MyFOXLA learned that the teen was alive and healthy Sunday.
According to MyFOXLA, the report was made up to look like a Yahoo News post via Reuters and was then posted on the Wikipedia entry for Miley Cyrus. The story circulated quickly Friday, despite the fact that the teen star performed at New York’s Fashion Week "Fashion Rocks" later that day.