August was a pretty big month for celebrity death hoaxes. There were bogus claims that Robert Pattinson died in a car accident, Eddie Murphy died in a snowboarding accident, and even Bill Cosby had rumors of his death floating around. Now, 50 Cent is the latest "victim."
The latest death hoax, which once again comes from Global Associated News, has it that 50 Cent died in a car crash on Interstate 50. While it is true that 50 Cent was in a car crash awhile back, it obviously is not true that the rapper was killed in another one.
For the sake of entertainment, here's the fake report of 50 Cent's "death":
"He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident. Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that 50 Cent lost control while driving a friend's vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing him instantly."
Although the report made it clear that the report was fake in a disclaimer, the hoax still managed to gain some traction on Twitter, getting some 50 Cent fans worked up.
For some reason, celebrity death hoaxes seem to be bigger than ever this year, so 50 Cent isn't special here. All of the names mentioned above were just a few of the hoaxes from August, and there's been much more than that throughout the year.
Personally, I'm hoping they get a little more creative.