Tenacious D member and comedian Jack Black is the most recent victim of a death hoax. An alleged hacker penetrated the band’s official Twitter account.
Independent was able to copy the original tweet which has been deleted. “It is with a heavy heart I am to announce that Jack Black passed away last night at 3:37am. The cause of death is yet unknown,” as quoted.
The tweet has caused confusion and panic to fans. The hashtag #RIPBlackJack became viral immediately. Moments later, the band announced that it was a hoax and later confirmed that they were victimized by a hacker. Fans responded with a great relief afterward although the culprit remains unidentified.
A supposed close friend of the band also denied the news, stating that Tenacious D is on a plane to LA from Germany.
Another Twitter user went on to slam the death rumors by posting a photo of him with Black.
This is not the first time that Jack black has become a victim of death hoax. According to Xpose, it was first reported that the artist had a cliff accident in New Zealand in 2012. While in 2014, he is said to have died from a stroke.
More than the serious prank, it has been reported that Tenacious D was able to perform at the Rock Am Ring festival in Germany before shutting down the event due to a supposed bad weather.
On the other hand, Consequence of Sound later reported that aside from Tenacious D, prominent artists like Tame Impala and Bon Iver were victimized at the same time as well.
Impala’s tweets revealed bomb threats while the latter lavished some negative comments about the death of the great boxer, Muhammad Ali. The deleted tweets can be seen on the website. It is still unknown if the same hacker or a group of hackers has done it.