Vin Diesel is dead at the age of 46. At least that's what an alarming report is spreading lately. The 46-year-old actor, who is currently contemplating on realizing another big project, Riddick 4, was killed off by a fraudulent site, notorious for spreading celebrity death hoaxes.
According to a report from Global Associated News, Vin Diesel passed away after a single vehicular accident in Queensland. The report was made believable through statements implying the genuine technicalities of a car crash such as the time and the exact location of the accident. The site claims that Diesel's car crashed between Ipswich and Willowbank in Queensland at around 5:30 a.m. UTC/GMT+10.
Moreover, the site also stated that local police identified the actor's body through a photo ID they found at the scene, adding that alcohol and drugs were not seen as factors that could have led to the tragic crash.
On the other hand, another site called Media Mass slammed the report by saying that the alleged death of the "Fast & Furious" star was another one of those celebrity death hoaxes.
Media Mass even stated that the false report alarmed some fans that an alleged group/someone came up with an "R.I.P. Vin Diesel" Facebook page that gained significant attention on social media, even claiming that the page got nearly one million likes.
Media Mass quoted the description of the Facebook page which says, "At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (February 08, 2014), our beloved actor Vin Diesel passed away. Vin Diesel was born on July 18, 1967 in New York. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page."
Additionally, the site also claimed that several fans voiced out their condolences and sympathy to Vin Diesel's family and friends because of the circulating death hoax.
However, many fans were skeptical on the nature of both sites. Scott Kleinberg of Chicago Tribune wrote a report about Media Mass last week, claiming that the site is apparently fraudulent, even adding that it is a humorous parody of Gossip magazines, wherein "allmstories are obviously not true."
Kleinberg maintains that the site is a systematized hoax site that keeps a list of many celebrities, stars, and TV personalities, and automatically generates false reports using the info it has retrieved. The "R.I.P." Facebook pages were even slammed to be make-believe and that no one could confirm the existence of these pages as well as the reality of the comments, likes, and statuses of fans on social media.
Meanwhile, Global Associated News has long been identified as a celebrity death hoax site. Well at least that's what several news sites claim it to be. However, looking at the structure and nature of this site, one will notice right away that it is intended for use by pranksters.
A note about the site's purpose could even be seen at the foot of every news it publishes. The note reads: FAKE... THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic 'template' and is not factual."
As of late, it isn't clear whether Global Associated News and Media Mass are related. But it's clear that both sites are responsible for the celebrity death hoaxes circulating the Internet every once in a while.
Just this week, a death hoax about Aaron Carter was created by the said sites. Other victims of these hoaxes include: Will Smith, Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Jackie Chan, Chloe Grace Moretz, and many more.