Hollywood Life reports that it was all just another death hoax, and Judd Nelson, our favorite bad boy known as John Bender of The Breakfast Club fame, is alive and kicking. Twitter was all abuzz with lovers and fans twittering about the alleged loss of the 55-year-old actor, producer, and screenwriter.
Given the lightning speed delivery of internet news, it is not surprising, but is alarming, that there are so many death hoaxes popping up in Hollywood and across the globe. In a mixed-up shook-up world, cruelty comes in all sizes, shapes, and colors, and the death of Judd Nelson is simply another brick in the wall of internet sleaze.
Data released by Wikipedia suggests that a real celebrity death sparks a flurry of death hoaxes and are not new phenomenon in the world. Mark Twain wrote about his own demise by saying, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”
The Huffington Post reported that some death hoaxes are really just royal scams, with the scammers hoping to cash in. In July, Miley Cyrus apparently overdosed on pills and a Facebook page was set up to detour grieving fans to click through and spread online surveys. Cheap shot, indeed.
Smosh also reports on 10 celebrity death hoaxes that had fans reeling. Some of the star-studded deaths include Lady Gaga, Jeff Goldblum, Russell Crowe, and Jon Bon Jovi. May they all R.I.P.
The Inquisitr wrote that Judd Nelson’s death hoax was posted on a fake Fox News website on Sunday, claiming the actor was found dead in his Hollywood condo. Gregg Klein, agent for Judd Nelson, said Nelson didn’t even live where the faux news site had claimed he did. The site carrying the report is foxnews.eu. Don’t go there!
Judd Nelson shot to fame when he scored his first major role in The Breakfast Club, and is sitting pretty at the top of his game for his role in the John Hughes classic, St. Elmos Fire.
Now for the hard part. Judd Nelson has the dastardly deed of proving that he’s really not dead! A picture says a thousand words, but only if it’s real. There are laws being set in motion to prosecute people who release this sort of bad news, especially with the hope of cashing in on the supposed demise of a famous person. Nelson reports that he’s glad to be alive, and can prove it.
It just goes to show that we can’t always believe what we read on the internet.
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