Shah Rukh Khan is the latest celebrity to become a victim of death hoax. A European news network, El Pais TV, had falsely reported that SRK and seven others were killed when a private jet in which he was travelling in crashed. However, the Badshah of Bollywood was hale and hearty, and shooting for his upcoming film with Aanand L Rai in Mumbai when rumours of his death spread
Television actress Shweta Tiwari, too, recently became a victim of celebrity death hoax. Rumours of Shweta Tiwari's death were circulated after a fake fan page on Facebook bearing the name of 'Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki' fame Sakshi Tanwar posted a false condolence message for the actress. The published post read: "I feel very sad and shocked on knowing that Shweta Tiwari (Prerna) of ‘Kasautii Zindagi Kay’ lost the battle with life and is no more. RIP Shweta. Balaji Telefilms and the whole team will miss you...". Shweta Tiwari's husband Abhinav Kohli has dismissed the death hoax and assured her fans that she is healthy
In 2012, there were reports of a car crash and it was mistakenly assumed that the person who died in the accident was Amitabh Bachchan. A blog post read, "Amitabh Bachan died in a car crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell." It went on to give details about the superstar's funeral too. The post went viral on social media and caused panic amongst fans, but it later turned out to be a hoax.
In 2013, a Facebook page declared Katrina Kaif 'dead'. Fans were shocked and confused to hear of the actress' sudden demise. Katrina's representatives clarified that there was no truth to the story.
Not once, not twice, but Dilip Kumar has become a victim of death hoax several times! In 2013, when Dilip Kumar was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai after suffering a heart attack, messages of his 'death' started circulating on WhatsApp. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap took to Twitter to offer condolences. But he was quick to correct his mistake, which he attributed to text messages he received and deleted the tweet. "Apologies for the Dilip Saab tweet... I panicked because of three back to back messages, he is fine and the news is not true," Kashyap posted.
Fake news of the 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' actress committing suicide went viral on social media. The hoax claimed Aishwarya Rai Bachchan tried to commit suicide by overdosing on tranquilizers after a dispute with her in-laws Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan. The false report read that the Bachchans weren't happy with Aishwarya because of her steamy scenes with Ranbir Kapoor in 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' and her hot photo shoot with the co-star. The hoax spread as the baseless message included a fake picture of a person lying bruised in a hospital bed, getting fans to think that person was Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Putting all the rumours to rest, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan attended the 50th birthday bash of fashion designer Manish Malhotra late. In 2006, a story carried by a website that generates hoax death reports of celebrities said that Aishwarya Rai Bachchcan had 'died' in a car accident, sending her fans in a frenzy. The report stated that the actress was under the influence of alcohol and 'died' on the spot. Her manager refuted the claims.
Rumours of the legend's death started out on WhatsApp and spread on to other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The rumours going viral forced his nephew Rishi Kapoor to take to Twitter to dispel them. He tweeted, "Uncle Shashi Kapoor is doing fine. Hope this ends all the speculation about him. Some rumour mongering is happening." Pic/mid-day archives
Veteran Bollywood and television actress Farida Jalal was victim of death hoax when rumours of her demise started surfacing on the internet on February 19, 2017. "I am hale and hearty," Farida Jalal said in a statement, following the rumours that went viral on social networking sites. The actress wonders why people spread such rumours. "I don't know from where these baseless rumours are coming from. Initially I laughed, but... My phones have been constantly ringing and everybody is asking the same question. It's a bit irritating, I wonder why people spread such rumours," she added. Pic/Yogen Shah
Rumours spread that Bollywood's 'Dhak Dhak' girl Madhuri Dixit had 'died' due to a heart attack. Condolences started pouring in on social media until Madhuri set the record straight. A woman bearing the same name had died and this led to confusion.
A website that generates hoax death reports of celebrities cited that Ayushmann Khurrana had 'died' after being involved in a snowboarding accident at the Zermatt ski resort in Switzerland. But the actor's fans didn't question the authenticity of the news and social media sites were soon flooded with "RIP Ayushmann Khurrana" messages. Responding to Twitterati mourning his demise, the actor dismissed the rumours and set the record straight. "I have been hearing some bizarre rumors about my demise. RIP rumor mongers. Thanks!" Ayushmann tweeted.
Within hours of yesteryear actress Nanda's death, rumours of 84-year-old Lata Mangeshkar having suffered a heart attack and 'died' gained traction and Twitterati started tweeting 'RIP' messages. The singer immediately took to Twitter to dismiss the rumours of her demise.
Rumours of veteran actor Kader Khan's 'death' spread in February 2013 when a 'RIP Kader Khan' Facebook page came to notice, after which many fans took to Twitter to convey their condolences. However, producer Tanuj Garg cleared the air saying, "Kader Khan is fine. Why then are people bombarding my inbox with bad news?"
Within a week of Lata Mangeskar's death hoax, social media became abuzz with the news of Asha Parekh's 'death'. Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar and journalist Rajdeep Sardesai also tweeted about her demise, which later proved to be an embarrassment for them and they had to face the ire of Twitterati. Adah Sharma, who played the supporting actress in 'Hasee Toh Phasee' put rest to the rumours by tweeting: "Asha Parekh is hail and hearty ! Just spoke to her! Stop spreading rumours !!"
In 2014, there were reports of the Punjabi rapper being involved in a fatal accident with pictures circulating on social media that showed a heavily injured Honey Singh lying 'dead' on a hospital bed. The pictures went viral and led to the singer's fake death rumour sending fans into a frenzy. Responding to the rumours, the rapper tweeted, "News of YoYo's accident is a fake rumour must be spread by some haters. Please don't bother and Keep blessing YoYo."
In 2011, veteran actor Rajinikanth was hospitalised with bronchitis and viral infection. That is when rumours of him being 'dead' started to circulate on social media, sending his fans into a frenzy. A statement was later issued calling the rumour a hoax.
Rumours of his 'death' because of a heart attack had left Nana Patekar miffed in 2013. The actor reacted by saying that he gives attacks and does not get them.
In February 2015, social media was abuzz with the news that Shakti Kapoor had 'died' in a car accident. The veteran actor's son Siddhanth later took to Twitter to dismiss the rumours. "Its all rumours, my father is fine .. there was no accident., touchwood.. Please RETWEET all.." read his tweet.
In 2014, when Bappi Lahiri joined BJP, rumours of his 'death' started doing the rounds on social media. Targeting the rumour mongers, Lahiri said that people who are jobless only indulge in such acts.