Zayn Malik
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One Direction star Zayn Malik is the latest celebrity to be 'killed' by Twitter users. "RIP Zayn Malik" became a trending topic on the micro blogging website, upsetting the star's mother Patricia Malik.

"The people who started the other trend dont know what horrible it must have been @PatriciaLMalik @zaynmalik #ZaynMalikYouArePerfect" Zayn's fan, Nadia Lan Olsen tweeted.

To which Patricia responded, "@zaynmalik @NadiaLanOlsen1D I think we all know who started it - people who have absolutely no respect!!!"

Another fan came forward to comfort the 20-year-old singer's mother.

"@PatriciaLMalik can you please tell @zaynmalik that this trend #RIPZaynMalik is just stupid & this trend is true #ZaynMalikIsPerfect," Perrea Harry wrote.

"@zaynmalik @AdskjsDemiLovat I will tell him, just ignore the horrible people who started the trend," she replied.

Zayn had previously deleted his Twitter account saying he is "sick of all the useless opinions and hate".

However, soon after this, a new hashtag #ZaynMalikIsPerfect started trending on the social networking site.

"Thank you for all your lovely tweets and the NICE trend ❤" Patricia posted.

Celebrities are often subjected to death hoaxes on the internet. Academy Award-winning actors Morgan Freeman and Reese Witherspoon, comic actor Adam Sandler, and multiple Grammy Award-winning singing sensation Adele were affected by these hoaxes.

Apart from death hoaxes, celebrities are also subjected to cyber bullies, often referred to as internet trolls. Adele, who welcomed her first child with fiancé Simon Konecki last October, received shockingly cruel tweets over her weight, post-natal depression and even the death of her son.