July 14, 2017

Rowan Atkinson’s (Mr Bean) death hoax post goes viral

by Neha Monga

The internet has once again killed Rowan Atkinson, best known for his role of Mr. Bean, with the death hoax post on the social media. The rumours of the actor’s death in a car crash while attempting a stunt went viral on July 12. The fans of the much-loved British actor were shocked and sad to hear the death news of the actor.

This is not the first time that the actor has become the target of a death hoax. In July 2016, there were news that the actor had taken his life after “battling severe depression.” However, this time it turned out that the death hoax post was nothing but a scam.

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The post that went viral supposedly came from Fox News and featured a photograph of Rowan Atkinson with the caption “R.I.P 1955-2017.” Part of the fake post read “FOX BREAKING NEWS: Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) died at 62 after crashing his car on attempt perfecting a stunt – Today July, 2017”. The sole purpose of the post was to make readers click the post.

According to hoax-slayer.net, the post does not come from Fox News.  “The post is a scam. If you click on the post, you will be taken to a website that appears to host the video about Mr Bean’s demise. But, when you attempt to play the video, you will see a message claiming that you must complete a security check and share on Facebook to continue watching. A Facebook share box will appear in a new browser tab.  You will be prompted to share the fake “Breaking News” post on your TimeLine. At the same time, the original page will be automatically redirected to a scam or malware website. The exact destination of this redirect may vary.”

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The actor’s reps, on July 13, officially confirmed that Rowan Atkinson is not dead. “He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said.

 

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