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Dwayne Johnson is NOT Dead


Circulating report claims that popular actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has fallen from a cliff and died while filming in New Zealand.

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Brief Analysis

The claims in the message are untrue. Dwayne Johnson is alive and well. The report is just one in a long series of celebrity death hoaxes. The hoaxes come via a website that allows users to choose a 'death' template and add their chosen celebrity's name in order to create a fake news report. One of the templates available on the site is the 'New Zealand cliff fall' story used in this hoax.


Actor - Dwayne Johnson Falls To His Death In New Zealand

Actor Dwayne Johnson died while filming a movie in New Zealand early this morning

Preliminary reports from New Zealand Police officials indicate that the actor fell more than 60 feet to his death on the Kauri Cliffs while on-set.

Detailed Analysis

Messages currently circulating via social media claim that the actor and wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has died. The messages link back to a supposed news report that claims that Johnson met his untimely demise while filming in New Zealand. According to the report, the actor fell to his death from New Zealand's Kauri Cliffs while on-set.

However, the claims in the message are nonsense. Dwayne Johnson is alive and well. The man himself has continued to post on Twitter and Facebook, actions not usually carried out by dead people.

The message is just one more in a long line of celebrity death hoaxes. Many of the hoaxes originate from an amazingly poor taste website that allows users to create fake news reports about the death of a chosen celebrity. The site allows users to plug in a celebrity's name and then choose from several story templates that describe the star's supposed death. One of these templates is the 'New Zealand cliff' story used in the Dwayne Johnson hoax report. In recent years, a host of celebrities have 'died' on the same notorious cliffs, including Tom Hanks and Robert Duvall.

Be cautious of any social media message that claims that a celebrity has died. While the particular version I describe here is just a silly hoax, other variants try to trick users into clicking a link to install rogue apps, download malware or participate in survey scams. Do not click links in any of these fake death messages.

If you receive a message claiming that a celebrity has died, always check the veracity of the claim via a news portal such as Google News. When a celebrity does die, the mainstream media always extensively covers it. Thus, an Internet search should quickly establish if the claims in a death message are true or false.

Last updated: April 7, 2014
First published: April 7, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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