Rowan Atkinson has again become a victim of celebrity death hoax.
According to the Travelers Today report, rumours started from a fake CNN source that the 58-year-old actor, who is well-known for his work on the sitcoms Mr. Bean, committed suicide after a producer removed him from the Johnny English 3 film project.
"English Actor Comedian Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) died at 58 after committing suicide. The comedian committed suicide right after the producer remove him on Johnny English 3. Rowan Atkinson(Mr Bean) recorded a suicide video with a message to his producer and fans around the world," the CNN update read, according to Online Threat Alerts (OTA) report.
Such false reports about celebrities death have started spreading across Facebook through an app that uses logos from well-known news outlets, provoking users to click.
Previously, the free encyclopedia - Wikipedia - was fooled into believing Atkinson's death. There were swift updates to his page on the website, including a date of death - 26 February, 2012. Needless to say, it was soon corrected.
The list of celebrities affected by similar hoaxes is growing all the time, and includes Reese Witherspoon, comedian Bill Cosby, Robert Pattinson, Denzel Washington, Adele, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.
Meanwhile, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman personally came forward to clear rumours and poke fun at fake stories suggesting he had died, assuring fans he was alive and well.
Celebrities are often subject to abuse from cyber bullies, often referred to as Internet trolls.
In a previous report by IBTimes UK, it was noted British pop star Adele, who recently welcomed her first child with fiancé Simon Konecki, received cruel tweets over her weight, post-natal depression and even the death of the newborn.