On Thursday, the rumor that Angelina Jolie committed suicide began circulating on Facebook. Soon after, fans on Twitter began to freak out and ask if there really could be any truth to the stories about Angelina Jolie’s death.
According to Snopes, the rumors are absolutely not true. Angelina Jolie is not dead.
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The hoax began to circulate after a Facebook page called Entertainment News Update posted a video of Jolie allegedly saying goodbye to her fans and her family. Entertainment News Update reported that the video came from CNN, though that report appears to be false. The video is titled “CNN VIDEO FOOTAGE: Angelina Jolie Says Goodbye To Her Fans And Brad Pitt Before Doing Suicidal.” Above the video, Entertainment News Update shared its thoughts about the video.
“This is really sad, nobody deserves to die by suicide!! God will settle it in the end, and only HE knew their heart!!! Rest in Paradise, Prayers for the family. Farewell Jolie! :( :( :(“
Snopes credits the hoax to a site that, in recent weeks, has also claimed that several other celebrities have died. Entertainment News Update has also put out reports based on rumors that John Cena died, Nicolas Cage died, and Jaden Smith died. None of those death rumors were true either, Snopes reported.
According to the myth-debunking website, the claim that Angelina Jolie’s dead was put out by a malicious website in an effort to scrape personal information from internet users.
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“This death hoax generator site publishes stories under a wide range of URLs using various Facebook apps. While the sources differ from hoax to hoax, they all attempt to perpetrate the same scam: A salacious Facebook post, typically claiming that someone famous has passed away, is used to lure users into giving a scammy app permission to view and/or post to their Facebook page,” Snopes wrote.
The Snopes story went on to say that for some people, the promise to read about Angelina Jolie’s death is enough to convince visitors to approve the information for the app.
“While some users may decide that compromising their personal information is worth it in order to read about Jolie’s alleged suicide, the story presented at the end of this hoax chain does not even deliver on its promise. There’s no CNN video of Jolie saying goodbye to her fans or Brad Pitt “before doing this suicidal,” and no factual news story about her death.”
Angelina Jolie first rose to fame as an actress in the 1990s with Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning roles in films such as Gia and Girl, Interrupted. Jolie quickly became a leading actress in Hollywood, and in recent years has been recognized for her humanitarian efforts with the United Nations in countries such as Darfur, Cambodia, and Jordan. Together, she and husband Brad Pitt have six children, three of whom were adopted from developing nations.
In addition to her work as an actress and a humanitarian, Angelina Jolie also has been lauded for her willingness to discuss medical decisions. In 2013, Jolie opted to have a double mastectomy after she learned that she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. Additionally, in 2015, Jolie opted to have her ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed in an effort to further reduce her risk of cancer.
What do you think of these death hoaxes perpetuated by websites that have been called scammy? Are you relieved to hear that the rumor that Angelina Jolie died is not true? Do you have a tendency to believe death hoax rumors, or do you immediately dismiss them for the hoaxes that they are?
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