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Tom Kenny Dead? Voice of SpongeBob Squarepants Becomes Victim of a Twitter Death Hoax

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Sep 10, 2012 05:04 PM EDT

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Tom Kenny, the voice behind Spongebob Squarepants is dead, according to Twitter.  However don't let your childhood memories go to waste just yet. Kenny is just the victim of a social media death hoax. SpongeBob is just fine.

A  strange picture of Tom Kenny hit Twitter on Sunday night, which says "R.I.P. Tom Kenny, The Voice of SpongeBob. RETWEET to say THANKS for making your childhood happier."

Thinking the rumor was true, thousands of people retweeted the photo, making their followers believe that the voice behind SpongeBob really died. However, he's alive and well.

The original photo did not include a cause of death, but other rumors said that Kenny died of cancer. The 50-year-old voice actor has never made a public statement about having cancer.

Kenny even took to his Facebook page to clear up the rumor himself, saying "Hello everyone! I just want to let you all know that I am not dead, but alive and well."

However, fans continue to mourn his "death" on Twitter as many people are still seeing the photo passed around.

Some examples of Tweets being written are:

"RIP Tom Kenny . The voice of spongebob died today of cancer"

"R.I.P Tom Kenny (the guy who did the voice of Spongebob) you literally made my childhood x"

"R.I.P Tom Kenny, voice of Spongebob. You voiced one of our most loved TV characters and you'll forever live as a legend."

This isn't the first time Kenny was killed off by Twitter. He was killed off in 2010, leading someone to create a video questioning why someone would want to create a death rumor about the voice behind the lovable character SpongeBob.

Kenny currently voices the Ice King on "Adventure Time with Finn and Jake," several voices on "Futurama ," and several other characters in various movies and shows.

Kenny is just one of the many celebrities to become the victim of a social media death hoax. Within the past few weeks,  Alfonso Ribeiro, Morgan Freeman, Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby, and Bill Nye the Science Guy were all trending on Twitter because a rumor started that they died. All of these men are just fine.

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