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Eminem Dead? Rapper Becomes Victim of Social Media Death Hoax

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Feb 16, 2013 04:51 PM EST

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Eminem is dead. At least that's what Twitter is saying. However the rapper didn't die. He's just the victim of a social media death hoax.

A rumor started spreading this week saying that the rapper died over a drug overdose. A picture of what looks like a news site like CNN says "Rap legend, Eminem, found dead in his home after a suspected overdose."

The picture is making its way through Twitter and many share and re-post the photo to tell their friends that Eminem died. However the photo is fake.

Some who wanted confirmation of the death may have come across a Necropedia page which says "Eminem is dead. Eminem, born on October 17, 1972 in Saint Joseph, was an American rapper. He died on February 17, 2013 at the age of 40. Tributes have poured in from across the world."

However a message above this clearly reads "What follows is not a real news article; nothing (that we know) happened to him." February 17th hasn't happened yet. Necropedia is a page that creates 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. It is by no means a death announcement nor an anticipation of death," a message on the site reads.

Eminem didn't die of a drug overdose or anything for that matter. The 40-year-old rapper is just fine. He's currently working on his eighth studio album which is expected to be released this summer.

However fans who heard the rumor took to Twitter to mourn and question his death. Some examples of Tweets include:

"Is eminem actually dead???!!"

"Eminem has been found dead in his home"

"RIP Eminem you will be missed

"Sorry but did I just read that Eminem has died? Please tell me that's not true"

This isn't the first time Eminem was killed off the by Internet and he's definitely not the only celebrity to become a victim of a death hoax.

Some other celebrities who became victims of a death hoax in recent months include singer, Enrique Iglesias, "The Big Bang Theory actory Jim Parsons, 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.

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