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Nicolas Cage Dead? Actor Becomes Victim of Internet Snowboarding Death Hoax

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Jan 17, 2013 12:24 PM EST

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Nicolas Cage is dead. At least that's what the Internet is saying. However the "National Treasure" actor didn't die. He's just the victim of an Internet death hoax. Nicolas Cage is just fine.

Many are coming across a news report saying that Cage died in a snowboarding incident. Global Associated News, which is notorious for starting false celebrity death rumors, says "Actor Nicholas Cage is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today - January 17, 2013. "

The site claims that Cage died in a snowboarding incident at the Zermatt ski resort in Zermatt, Switzerland.

"Witnesses indicate that Nicholas Cage lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed. Nicholas Cage was air lifted by ski patrol teams to a local hospital, however, it is believed that the actor died instantly from the impact of the crash. The actor was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played any part in his death," the report reads.

Since there are so many details to the accident, it is easy to believe that it's real, but Global Associated News creates fake news reports.

A message at the bottom of the site reads: "FAKE... THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes!"

The rumor of his death is being heightened at other news sources pick up on the false story. Auto Mobile also shared the story, thinking it was true. However Auto Mobile failed to notice that the report also spelled Nicolas Cage's name wrong and they made the same mistake by spelling his first name as "Nicholas."

Cage is alive and well. Yet people who are coming across the report are taking the Twitter to mourn and question the loss of the actor. Some examples of tweets include:

"Why is every one saying nicolas cage died.. Is this True??"

"NICHOLAS CAGE DIED IN A SNOWBOARDING ACCIDENT."

"NO NO NO NICHOLAS CAGE IS DEAD?!"

"RIP Nicholas Cage. I just watched It Could Happen to You earlier..such sad news..such a great actor. :("

Being that Global Associated News uses a generator to create death hoaxes, several other celebrities have died in this same exact snowboarding death story. They include Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Denzel Washington, Jim Carrey, and even Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

 

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