Social Media Rumours Claim that Rue McClanahan Has Just Died, But the Star Died in 2010
RIP messages currently being shared via social media mourn the passing of actress Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche Devereaux in the popular 1980's television series Golden Girls. The messages pay tribute to the star and the character she made famous.
But, the messages represent a rather bizarre twist on the typical celebrity death hoaxes that regularly traverse the Interwebs. In fact, Rue McClanahan died back in 2010, aged 76.
June 3rd was the anniversary of the star's death. It seems likely that some people have misinterpreted posts acknowledging this anniversary and made the false assumption that Rue died in June 2015 rather than June 2010.
Many of the RIP posts link to a 2010 CBS news story that reported on the star's death. Apparently, those who post and follow the CBC News link are not noticing the article's 2010 date line and assuming that the report is recent.
As we have said many times on these pages, it is important to check the veracity of any celebrity death reports that come your way via social media. Many are outright hoaxes. Others are survey or malware scams.
In this case, the rumours are sadly true. They are just several years out of date.
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By Kevin Buckstiegel (Rue McClanahan Book Signing) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Last updated: June 16, 2015
First published: June 16, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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