Recently, a post claiming that the 61-year-old actor, Mr. Bean actor, Rowan Atkinson committed suicide began making the rounds on Facebook.
Reasons for his death have included suicide, and an attempt to save the life of a fellow actor on set. The so-called “pranksters” even branded a memorial photo with the BBC logo in a bid to give the accusation credibility.
After so many recent celebrity deaths, fans of the actor believed the hoax and quickly began to share the posts on Facebook – despite his birth and death dates making him out to be only 21 years old.
It reads: ‘His publicist said he had been “battling severe depression”. In the past he had talked, and even joked, about his struggles with alcohol and drugs.
‘Atkinson had recently returned to a rehabilitation center to “fine-tune” his sobriety, the Los Angeles Times reported in September. The local Sheriff’s office said Atkinson was found unconscious and not breathing at his home near Tiburon, north of San Francisco.
‘”At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made,” police said in a statement.’
There was malware attached to the original Linkbeef report, meaning those who clicked on it were taken to websites trying to obtain readers’ private details.
This isn’t the first time Atkinson’s been the subject of a death hoax.
He previously slipped away in car crash, a temporary demise which occurred in 2012 when Twitter users began mourning him fairly readily.