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Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) is NOT Dead

Circulating Facebook message, which purports to be from CNN, claims that loved English comedy actor Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr Bean) has committed suicide.

Rowan Atkinson

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Brief Analysis
The claims in the message are untrue. Rowan Atkinson is alive and well. The message is a scam designed to trick Facebook users into installing a rogue app and participating in bogus online surveys.

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CNN News update - English Actor Comedian Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) died at 58 after committing suicide.The comedian committed suicide right after the producer remove him on Johnny English 3. Rowan Atkinson(Mr Bean) recorded a suicide video with a message to his producer and fans around the world. (watch more) >> [Link removed]
Mr Bean id NOT Dead

Detailed Analysis

According to a message currently circulating on Facebook, loved English actor Rowan Atkinson, famous for his portrayal of bumbling character "Mr Bean", has committed suicide. The message, which purports to be from news outlet CNN, claims that the actor recorded a video message before his death. The message invites users to click a link to view the video.

However, the claims in the message are untrue and it does not originate from CNN or any other news service. Rowan Atkinson is alive and well. The message is a scam designed to trick users into installing a rogue app and participating in survey scams.

Those who fall for the ruse and click the link in search of the video will be instructed to allow permission for a Facebook app to access their profiles and post messages on their behalf. Supposedly, this app is required to view the video. 

After installing the app, users will be taken to another page and told that they must participate in one or more surveys before gaining access to the video. But, no matter how many surveys they complete, they will never get to see the video, which never existed to begin with.

Celebrity death scams are increasing on Facebook.  Oprah Winfrey, Celine Dion, Will Smith, Jackie Chan and Miley Cyrus have all been used in such scams in recent months. It is important to verify any celebrity death messages you receive via a legitimate news source before sharing them or following any links that they may contain.

If a famous person does die, mainstream news outlets around the world are sure to extensively cover the death. 

If you receive this death message, do not click on any links that it contains. Note that another version of the Mr Bean scam message falsely claims that the actor died while attempting to save another actor during an onset accident.  

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Last updated: November 18, 2013
First published: November 18, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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