July 20, 2014
Miley Cyrus Dead? Death Hoax Kills Cyrus, Blames Drug Overdose

Is Miley Cyrus dead? A death hoax took over the internet in the overnight hours, claiming that Cyrus was found dead in a hotel room in Los Angeles. The alleged cause of death? A drug overdose. According to The Epoch Times, the hoax is actually part of a scam intended to get people to click links that lead to surveys despite advertising a "video" of Cyrus dead body.

According to the report:

"The hoax is designed to spread bogus surveys that make money for the scammers behind it. But first, when users click on the post, they're redirected to a website designed to look like Facebook. It then prompts them to share the page before going further. This ensures that the scam spreads even further."

If Miley Cyrus was dead, chances are the news would be far more widespread. Only a couple of links floated around social media, and while some people may have been fooled, the hoax didn't actually take off. For some, it is easy to believe how something like this could happen; Miley seems to be on the lower end of life, depressed after losing her dog -- and her fiance, Liam Hemsworth. Depression is very serious and can lead to drug use and other life-impacting things. Thus, people would easily believe a "Miley Cyrus has died" headline.

According to The Hollywood Gossip, Cyrus is in good company when it comes to death hoaxes. Some of the most notable celebrities to fall victim to the internet's death hoax attempts include Lil Wayne, Wayne Knight, Jon Bon Jovi, and Eddie Murphy.

A Miley Cyrus death hoax has potential to really take off, but when the hoax is in the form of a survey and asks readers to "click here," it instantly becomes less believable. Unfortunately, people are still starting fake rumors one way or another, and people still help the process by sharing links and what not on social media without checking legitimate sources.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, even actress Betty White was "found dead" by internet pranksters. The 92-year-old star got her very own "found dead in a hotel bathtub" story, which got the attention of thousands of people last month. Fortunately, White is not dead, and no such tragedy occurred.

Did you fall for the Miley Cyrus death hoax? Have you fallen "victim" to any celebrity death hoaxes in the past? What makes these stories believable to you?

[Photo courtesy of The Hollywood Gossip]