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Jeremy Clarkson is NOT Dead - Clarkson Targeted in Nasty Death Prank Message

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According to a 'BBC Breaking News' post being distributed via social media, ex Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been found dead in his Oxfordshire home. The post includes a photograph of Clarkson and claims that he took his own life.

However, Jeremy Clarkson is not dead and the post has no connection to BBC News. The fake death post is nothing more than a very poor taste prank. Those who click the link in the post will be taken to a 'prank' website that displays the message 'You Got Owned'.

The site allows people to create their own fake news stories and attempt to prank their friends by sharing the news posts on social media.

People who do actually click the link will realize immediately that the death post is just a nasty prank. However, many people apparently do not click the link but nevertheless share the post with their friends in the belief that the story is true.

The post has thus spawned rumours about the supposed death of Jeremy Clarkson that are spreading without the link to the prank website:

Jeremy Clarkson Death Rumour

Jeremy Clarkson Death Twitter Post

This message is just one in a long line of celebrity death hoaxes that have plagued social media websites for years.

It is wise to verify any 'news' of a celebrity's demise before you share it with others. Of course, if a high-profile person such as Jeremy Clarkson did die, then the mainstream media would extensively cover news of the death. A search of a news portal such as Google News should quickly reveal if a story about the death of a celebrity is true.



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Jeremy Clarkson Prank Death Post

Celebrity Death Hoax

Last updated: April 23, 2015
First published: April 23, 2015D
By Brett M. Christensen
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