Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Christian Slater Not Dead in Snowboarding Accident in Switzerland

Hollywood actor Christian Slater has announce that he is alive after an Internet rumour that he has died in a snowboarding accident went viral.

The 'True Romance' star was forced to deny he had been killed in a freak snowboarding accident in Switzerland when the false rumours started spreading round blogs.

Slater's publicist told the New York Daily News that he is indeed alive and well.

News of the 41-year-old's demise had become one of the fastest trending topics on Twitter before it was debunked.

The hoax has alarmed security experts who say it is the latest in a series of phoney death notices which are be being used by cybercriminals to spread viruses.

Towards the end of 2010 the pranks seemed to be coming at an almost daily rate with dozens of victims including Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Charlie Sheen and Aretha Franklin.

Comedy legend Bill Cosby, 73, was rumoured to have died on August 1 last year until he tweeted that he was alive and kicking.

Lindsay Lohan has been a serial victim of Internet pranksters, but the latest 'death' took place on July 13 last year due to an overdose.

Others who have been declared dead on the Internet only to be alive and well in real life are Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift.

According to other rumours Russell Crowe fell off a mountain, Paris Hilton was stabbed to death in jail  Will Smith and Kanye West were killed in car crashes and Will Ferrell died in a paragliding accident.

Perhaps the most outrageous rumour of them all, however, was in the days before the Internet when it was claimed that Paul McCartney had died in 1966 and had been replaced by an imposter.

The rumour was so persistent that in 1969 Life Magazine ran a front cover story saying, 'Paul is still with us'.

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