The Rowan Atkinson Dead story has come as a blow to his fans. However, later on, the news has been confirmed to be another Internet hoax. His followers can now breathe a sigh of relief because the Mr. Bean actor is very much alive and kicking.
The 61-year-old comedian became the target of cruel trolls following a spate of real celebrity passings. A viral death hoax circulated on Facebook in the past few days claiming that the actor had died, with a link appearing to point to the BBC sharing a story that had met his demise by his own hand. The story quickly pulled the attention of many fans. They started to share their shock and offer condolences to Atkinson’s family.
While a number of innocent fans believed the post declaring Rowan Atkinson dead, others became skeptical of the report. They probably learned their lesson from a series of death hoaxes emerging about celebrities in recent years. Thus, they thought of digging deeper into the story before drawing a conclusion.
The hoax claimed the British actor had committed suicide, though it fail to offer enough details about his death. The story is the latest in a long and growing line of death hoaxes focusing on legendary actors and athletes. In the recent past, the list included names like Miley Cyrus (2008 accident hoax on Hannah Montana set), Harrison Ford (targeted after the death of Michael Jackson), Tom Cruise (2013 fatal car accident hoax), Michael Jordan (2016 death hoax), and the like.
In fact, there are quite a lot of death hoaxes floating around centered on Rowan Atkinson. There are a few different variations of the story dating back to over three years. According to The Sun, the site read: “[Atkinson’s] publicist said he had been “battling severe depression”. In the past, he had talked and even joked, about his struggles with alcohol and drugs.
In the list of popular death hoaxes, there are also some repeat celebrity victims, with two or sometimes more death hoaxes going viral for them. Actors Will Smith and Macaulay Culkin are often popular targets. Creating and sharing fake celebrity stories has become a trend, and the reason behind it is still unknown.
The story of Rowan Atkinson’s death is a new addition to this ongoing death prank trend.