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Vin Diesel Dead? Actor Becomes Victim of Social Media Death Hoax

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Nov 26, 2012 11:20 AM EST

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Vin Diesel is dead. At least that's the rumor going around based on a fake report. However the  actor didn't die. He's just the victim of an internet death hoax.

Rumors about the "Fast & Furious" actor's death started spreading around social media sites like Facebook and Twitter this week. Many heard that Vin Diesel was found dead in a hotel room.

However the rumor is false. Vin Diesel isn't dead. He's currently filming the sixth installment of the "Fast & Furious" films. He posted some photos from the filming locations to his Facebook page. He also recently went on a vacation to the Canary Islands with his  four-year-old daughter Hania Riley and his girlfriend Paloma Jimenez.

Those looking for confirmation of his death may have come across the Necropedia page that says:

"Vin Diesel is dead

Vin Diesel, born on July 18, 1967 in New York, was an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter. He died on November 27, 2012 at the age of 45.The news has left the world shocked and saddened."

November 27 hasn't happened yet. Necropedia shows an "anticipated obituary," which is "an obituary written BEFORE the death of a person. It is common for news agencies to keep pre-written obituary for public figures, famous and high-profile people who are still alive."

Despite his death being a false rumor, fans of the actor have taken to Twitter to question and mourn his death. Some examples of the tweets include:

"Um excuse me but Vin Diesel is dead?!"
"Is it true that vin dieSel was just found dead??????"
"RIP Vin Diesel"
"WOAH WOAH WOAH VIN DIESEL DIED!"

Internet death hoaxes have become a trend in recent years. Rumors start about a celebrity's death and quickly spread around the internet, making people believe that their favorite celebrity really died. If a celebrity were to really die, it would be all over reliable news sources. The lack of sources confirming the death shows that it was just a rumor and is likely false. 

Some other celebrities who became victims of a death hoax in recent months include TV host Jerry Springer, musician Skrillex, Rapper Lil WayneActor Vince Vaughn, Tom Kenny, the voice behind SpongeBob Squarepants, country singer Taylor Swift, legendary actor Morgan Freeman, Comedian Bill Cosby, Alfonso Ribeiro aka Carlton from the Fresh Prince, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. All of these celebrities are just fine.

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