Jim Carrey is not dead, despite yet another internet death hoax that reported on the actor’s demise.
This weekend, news of Carrey’s death spread quickly on Facebook, with a group titled R.I.P. Jim Carrey garnering nearly one million “likes.” Those who checked out the page were fed fake details of Jim Carrey’s death.
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (January 12, 2014), our beloved actor Jim Carrey passed away. Jim Carrey was born on January 17, 1962 in Newmarket. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.“
The message prompted hundreds of fans to write messages of condolences for the Canadian actor, with many more pouring in via Twitter.
On Monday, the reports grew so much that reps for Jim Carrey issued a message that he is indeed still alive.
“He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said.
That list actually includes Jim Carrey. Last year, fake reports circulated the internet that he had been killed in a skiing accident, part of a trend that blew up in mid 2012 of internet-fueled death hoaxes. Other victims of the hoax included Morgan Freeman, Will Smith, Jon Bon Jovi, Jackie Chan, and Cher.
It’s unclear exactly why these hoaxes keep popping up, other than the strange enjoyment of those who see their lies turn into worldwide trends. But some of the celebrities targeted don’t seem to mind, and Morgan Freeman even said he found it funny to see the fuss his death hoax caused.
“Like Mark Twain, I keep reading that I have died,” Freeman wrote in response to the hoax. “I hope those stories are not true…but if they are, I’m happy to report that my afterlife seems identical to my life when I was alive.”
Of course, fans who were worried that Jim Carrey was actually dead were likely relieved when they tuned into the Golden Globe Awards, where he was a presenter.