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Skrillex Dead? Musician Sonny Moore Becomes Victim of a Social Media Death Hoax

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Sep 24, 2012 05:42 PM EDT

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Skrillex is dead. At least that's what Twitter and Facebook are saying. However Skrillex didn't die. He's just the latest victim of a social media death hoax.

Sonny Moore, better known as Skrillex, was not shot 12 times. However those that stumble upon the newest R.I.P. Skrillex Facebook page might believe it. The over 7,000 people who "Liked" the page might especially believe it. The page was created on Sunday and the admin has consistently been posting photos that may convince people that the electronic music producer and singer-song writer is actually dead.

The cover photo shows what looks like a convincing CNN web page with the headline "Famous DJ Skrillex Shot 12 Times." It then goes on to say how he was shot dead in Mexico. If you look closely, the fake CNN page is dated June 20, 2012.

Another photo of a supposed BBC article is actually dated September 24, 2012.  It has a photo of Skrillex and says "Grammy-winning Americain dubstep musician, Sonny John Moore (Also known as "Skrillex") was shot last night twelve times. He was pronounced dead earlier this morning." While this may sound and look convincing, it is highly doubtful thata  high profile news source such as  the BBC would make a typo that includes a second 'I' in the word American.

One photo shows a supposed BBC page. The BBC is another reliable news source, but the photo is a fake. There is no such story on the real BBC page. Skrillex dying wouldn't be a "Top Sport Story." And the BBC wouldn't make the mistake of saying "also know as Sonny Moore," when it should say "also known as Sonny..."

Another photo shows what looks like Skrillex's Twitter account. There is a tweet from Skrillex that confirms the death. However, this is once again, another good example of photoshop. If you go to the real Skrillex twitter account, this tweet cannot be found.

However the last tweet on Skrillex's actual Twitter account says "Les hear that new sound" and was posted on September 24, after the new "R.I.P. Skrillex" Facebook page was created.

Those who tried to search for a confirmation of Skrillex's death may have come across the Necropedia page that says "Skrillex, born on January 15, 1988 in Los Angeles, was an American singer and song writer. He died on September 25, 2012, at the age of 24.

The news has left the world shocked and saddened."

September 25th hasn't happened yet. Necropedia shows 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."

Despite the rumor being false, fans are taking to Twitter to mourn and question the death of the dubstep musician. Here are some examples of tweets being sent on the social network.

"Is Skrillex dead?????"

"Everyone at my school thinks @Skrillex was found dead in his apartment this morning... #truthplease?"

"Apparently CNN confirmed that Skrillex died today. #RIP #DubstepKing"

"@Skrillex did you die again lol you now have a fb page dedicated to your death... It's R.I.P.Skrillex dedicated just to you"

"R.I.P skrillex"

Skrillex isn't dead but he will make a cameo appearance as an animated character in the upcoming Disney movie "Wreck- it Ralph."

This isn't the first time that social media has tried to kill off Skrillex. Pranksters on Twitter and Facebook have been trying to kill off the musician for a few weeks now. Another fake report said that he died in a car wreck last week.

Skrillex isn't the only celebrity to be killed off by the internet or social media recently.

Rapper Lil Wayne, Actor Vince Vaughn, Tom Kenny, the voice behind SpongeBob Squarepants, country singer Taylor Swift, comedian Adam Sandler,  legendary actor Morgan Freeman, Comedian Bill CosbyAlfonso Ribeiro aka Carlton from the Fresh Prince, and Bill Nye the Science Guy have all been victims of death hoaxes within the past few weeks. All of these celebrities are just fine.

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