Arnold Schwarzenegger has become the latest victim of a death hoax. A fake report claiming that the 68-year-old Austrian-American actor, who is also a former professional bodybuilder and politician, suffered a heart attack was circulating online, leading his fans into a frenzy.
The death rumours started after a hoax website, MSMBC.co, published an article claiming he was found death at his California home. The bogus report stated that the Los Angeles Police Department received a 911 emergency call about an "unresponsive male" from his house. At the residence, police found Schwarzenegger's deceased body in his bed.
However, the Terminator actor is alive and well, and Australian bodybuilder Calum von Moger took to his Facebook account to debunk the rumours.
"Arnold is NOT dead. This is a fake news website that's uses the domain MSMBC.co in order to trick readers they are believing they are reading news from MSMBC.com
#fakenews," he wrote.
Numerous celebrities have been at the receiving end of similar hoaxes, and the list keeps growing. In the past, people have tweeted about the deaths of Bill Cosby, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Margaret Thatcher, Phil Collins, Kris Jenner, Denzel Washington, Adele, John Witherspoon, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.
A death hoax involving the Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was doing the rounds on the internet on the eve of his actual demise in a car crash in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman personally came forward to clear rumours and mock fake stories suggesting he had died, while assuring fans that he was alive and well.