Jim Parsons is dead. At least that's what the Internet is saying. However the actor who plays Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory didn't die. He's just the victim of an Internet death hoax.
Rumors started spreading around the Internet on Saturday saying that Parsons died. Many started commenting on a YouTube video called "Best of Sheldon," and left their condolences as they mourned the loss of the actor. Many also took to Twitter to mourn and question the death of the actor.
Some examples of Tweets include:
"my life is over Jim Parsons (sheldon cooper big bang theory) has died NO NO NO #RIPJimParsons"
"Is Jim Parsons dead???!!!"
"R.I.P Jim Parsons - DOCTOR Sheldon Cooper ;) may angels lead you in"
It is not clear how the rumor started. Some said "The Big Bang Theory" Wikipedia page said that the actor died at the age of 39. Others said the rumor started on the imageboard site 4Chan. It also could have started on the comment section of the Sheldon YouTube video. With so many people spreading the rumor, it grew and exploded, leaving many devastated as they thought their favorite character died.
Others may have come across the Necropedia page which says "Jim Parsons is dead. Jim Parsons, born on March 24, 1973 in Houston, was an American actor. He died on January 7, 2013 at the age of 39. Tributes have poured in from across the world."
January 7 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."
Parsons isn't dead. He's just the victim of the Internet death hoax, a trend that has been going on for months. He's alive and well.
Many celebrities have been killed off by the Internet in various ways.
Some other celebrities who became victims of a death hoax in recent months include actress Megan Fox, wrestler John Cena, singer Bruno Mars, actor Vin Diesel, musician Skrillex, Rapper Lil Wayne, Actor 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.