“It’s very sad that the world has lost one of the best Actors IN 2020, Jason Statham”. “It is a great loss and which can never be replaced”. “Wonder what will happen with the movie The Expendables without him.. I will miss you so much. RIP Jason!” The above and many other similar condolence messages are some of what Jason fans have been posting on the different media channels after seeing the rapidly spreading hoax of the actor’s death.
When I saw this same message passing on my Facebook wall as seen in the attached images, I never believed it. And yes, I didn’t for the reason being that from the past, many similar hoax new announcing the death of the different celebrities have happened just like it is now for the movie The Expendables actor Jason Statham.
All I did immediately was a search for the same in Google about similar and related news not until I found out that this news about Jason Statham’s death was a hoax. Ummmm, it’s hard to believe yet it’s very true that this hoax news is circulating rapidly on social media and many others sites.
When you look at the image above, you see that the original link was faked as CNN.com right? But guess what, when I attempted to visit the link as you know Facebook will redirect you to the linked website, the link redirected me to a hosting services website “top web hosting providers”.
This made me realize that indeed, this was a hoax other than a reality. Additionally, Wikipedia and other public edited sites remained with is other than a was when I checked on Jason’s profile. This too meant that The Expendables movie actors were still alive other than being dead as was said in the hoax that he died in the car crash.
Update: Jason’s death hoax still continues in 2022
At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (June 16, 2020), our beloved actor Jason Statham passed away. Jason Statham was born on September 12, 1967 in Shirebrook. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page – quoted on Mediamass.net
Also, when I visited the Nairaland forum on the same question post, I found out that it was a real hoax other than something real. Hoaxes are very common on the internet. The question remains why creators would do such a thing to announce dead those who are still alive. May be for some reasons but who knows?
Hope the next target is a low-profile me :). Hope this answers all emails many sent me asking about the same.