Bill Nye “The Science Guy” was a trending topic late Sunday, but it wasn’t over his anti-creationism YouTube video. Twitter claims that the famous kid-friendly scientist had died are completely unfounded. Bill Nye is still alive and well.
It all started late Sunday night, when a rumor started on Twitter stating that Bill Nye had died, with “R.I.P. Bill Nye The Science Guy” becoming a trending topic. Thousands of reactionary messages poured out afterwards, mourning the scientific icon’s passing. But rest assured, internet. The PBS children’s show host is alive and well.
Though the International Business Times was not able to reach Bill Nye’s reps for comment on the matter, none of the major news organizations have reported on Nye’s death, which is usually a pretty decent sign that a report is indeed a hoax. Additionally, website GossipCop, which is known for “busting bad dish” on the internet, said that the reports were “100% false,” and that “Nye is not dead.”
Instead, he joins the likes of Justin Bieber, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, and Reese Witherspoon, all celebrities who have been the subject of various death hoaxes on the internet this year.
Nye has actually been hard at work lately, making several statements to the media regarding politics and creationist science (of which he is a staunch opponent), and throwing his weight behind incumbent presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Until he steps forward to settle Monday’s death hoax debate once and for all, here are the best Twitter reactions to Bill Nye’s supposed death:
WAIT, WHAT! WHY IS R.I.P BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY TRENDING?! No way man. I loved Bill Nye. He was the only good part of science class.
— Joe Santagato (@JoeSantagato) August 27, 2012
Damn RIP Bill Nye the science guy that’s crazy thanks for making science fun
— Mark Rodriguez (@marker50) August 27, 2012
RIP Bill Nye..you were the best science guy out there!
— Kalona Gryskwicz (@kalonagryskwicz) August 27, 2012
Damn, RIP to the coolest science guy growing up, Bill Nye! If you were born 87-92 he was probably a big part of your science curriculum.
— ANT (@ANT_206) August 27, 2012