The celebrity death hoaxes just keep on coming, and the latest victim is Justin Bieber, who crashed his Ferrari, according to Twitter. He follows in the footsteps of many famous people, fake dying in a car crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell, New Mexico. Another victim of this same hoax was Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys who fake died on the same highway, as did Justin Timberlake. In actuality, all of them are alive and well.
The story of Beiber's death has been reported on a web site called Global Associated News, which often creates news stories that report the deaths of famous people, all of which are hoaxes, as the site is not a real news site.
The site even went so far as to post a photograph of an overturned vehicle next to a photograph of Timberlake in an attempt to fool readers who may not have noticed that the site is fake.
The site uses the exact same story it has used for previous hoaxes.
"He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body," the site reads. "Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that Justin Bieber lost control while driving a friend's vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing him instantly."
The site goes on to say that he was driving at excessive speeds and that witnesses saw him cross the double yellow line and hit the divider.
The hoax also spread through social media networks, where people are retweeting a link that says Beiber died by crashing his Ferrari. When the link is clicked, it takes you to a page that says "RT to scare some girls."
If it's intended to be some sort of public service announcement, it's certainly eye-catching, but likely to spread just the headline with the fake story.
This death hoax is just the latest in a long line of hoaxes that have claimed the "deaths" of Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart, Justin Timberlake, Amanda Bynes, Hillary Clinton, Bill Cosby, Angelina Jolie, Nelson Mandela and Adam Sandler, among others.