Tony Yayo is dead. At least that's what the Internet is saying. However the rapper and G-Unit member didn't die. He's just the victim of an Internet death hoax.
A report popped up this week saying that Shelton died in a car crash. Global Associated News said that Tony Yayo died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell on April 7. The report says that Shelton 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.
The report is false. Tony Yayo 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 question and mourn the loss of Tony Yayo. Some examples of tweets include:
"IS TONY YAYO DEAD?"
"Apparently, tony yayo died in a car crash. R.I.P"
"Damn Tony Yayo Died , RIP"
"Well I guess it's official tony yayo has died... Rip"
Internet death hoaxes have become a trend in the past few months.
Some other celebrities who became victims of a death hoax in recent months include "The Big Bang Theory actor 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.