Friday, June 26th 2009: They die in 3’s….?

Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson: We expected Ed…and were sadly awaiting Farrah’s demise from Cancer.. but…. Michael??? Read on

Jackson’s death brings web to a halt

26 June 2009 | 10:19:52 AM | Source: SBS staff and agencies 

News of the death of Michael Jackson has created a massive spike in online traffic, as millions across the globe turned to the internet for the latest news on the popstar.

Celebrity gossip site was the first to break the news of the performer’s death, after an alleged tip-off from a paramedic who was at the scene.

Within minutes of TMZ making the announcement, news had spread through social networking sites such as facebook and twitter, as well as several entertainment blogs.

The flurry of activity temporary caused the TMZ site to crash, and a little while later, was temporary brought down by increased traffic.

Jeff Goldbum?: NO…..Hoax! Read on…

Goldblum ‘dead’ in online hoax

26 June 2009 | 02:34:24 PM | Source: SBS

‘Jeff Goldblum dead’ ranked in the top 5 of Google searches according to Google Trend following reports of a fatal accident (Getty)

An online hoax fuelled reports that US actor Jeff Goldblum had died in New Zealand after taking fall on set.
The 56-year-old actor, whose film and television credits include the Jurassic Park trilogy, Independence Day, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Will & Grace was said to have died after falling over 60 feet on the Kauri Cliffs while on set in New Zealand.

Entertainment reported Richard Wilkins reported the story on Channel Nine’s Today show, which spread rapidly on social networking sites.

Google searches for ‘Jeff Goldblum dead’ ranked in the top-five most popular search terms on Google Trends within hours, with Twitter equally awash with fans retweeting the news and their dismay.

Notorious website

The hoax reportedly originated from a the website that generates fake news stories reporting the death of celebrities when their names are entered.

Entering ‘Jeff Goldblum’ into the site produces news stories under the false agency ‘Global Associated News’ including today’s story.

Speckled with typos, the story reads:

“Actor Jeff Goldblum died while filming a movie in New Zealand early this morning – June 26, 2009.

Preliminary reports from New Zealand Police officials indicate that the actor fell more than 60 feet to his death on the Kauri Cliffs while on-set. Specific details are not yet available.

The accident occured at aproximately 4:30 a.m. (UTC/GMT +12). Additional details and information will be forthcoming.”

Discerning readers will not the full disclaimer at the bottom of the site acknowledging that the stories are “100% fabricated” and are produced “for the purpose of entertainment.”

The report of the New Zealand death on set is the third, with previous fictitious reports involving Tom Hanks in 2006 and Tom Cruise in 2008.

Celebrities quash rumours

Amidst his coverage of Michael Jackson’s death, controversial celebrity blogger Perez Hilton simply wrote ‘Jeff Goldblum is NOT Dead! Stop the rumours.’

Fellow American actor Kevin Spacey also tweeted a denial at 10.30am ‘Jeff Goldblum is alive and well. I just spoke to his manager. Stop here stupid rumours”

Actor ‘safe in NYC’

The actor is reportedly in New York on the set of ‘Morning Glory’ that also stars Rachel Mc Adams.”


One response to “Friday, June 26th 2009: They die in 3’s….?

  1. It’s so sad to hear about Michael Jackson. As a dancer, I’ve performed almost every one of his hits in some form or another. A lot of celebrities have died recently, but he’s the first one that had a big impact on my life personally. It’s a really weird feeling. Anyway, nice post. 😉


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