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Drake Bell Dead? Actor Becomes Victim of Internet Death Hoax

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Feb 04, 2013 08:24 PM EST

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Drake Bell is the victim of a death hoax. He's just fine.(Photo : Reuters)

Drake Bell is dead. At least that's what the internet is saying. However, the "Drake and Josh" actor didn't die.  He's just the latest victim of an internet car crash death hoax. Drake Bell is just fine.

A report popped up this week saying that Bell died in a car crash. Global Associated News said that Bell died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell on February 4. The report says that Bell lost control of the vehicle and rolled the car, killing him instantly. It then says that memorial service plans will be announced and that he will have a closed casket due to his severe head trauma.

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The report is false. Bell didn't die in a car crash. Since there are so many details to the accident, it's easy to believe that its 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!"

Global Associated News allows people to enter a celebrity name into a generator, which then creates a fake news story about their death. Other celebrities have died in the same exact car crash before. Singer Jesse McCartney, tv host Jerry Springer, basketball star Kobe Bryant and several others were killed in a car crash between Roswell and Morristown.

Despite the report being false, fans are starting to believe the rumor. Several took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Bell. Some examples of tweets include:

"Drake Bell from Drake and Josh died today? Wow..R.I.P"
"Drake Bell died.... You know? from Drake and Josh? Daaamn :( #RIP"
"if drake bell really died im going to cry myself to sleep every night for the rest of my life #PleaseBeARumor"
"DRAKE BELL IS DEAD. IM CRYING."

Drake Bell isn't dead, but he does do the voice of  Spider-man in the animated show "Ultimate Spider-man."

Some other celebrities who became victims of a death hoax in recent months include "The Big Bang Theory actory Jim Parsons, actress Megan Fox,  wrestler John Cena, singer Bruno Mars, actor Vin Diesel, 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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