Kanye West Was Dead?

October 21, 2009

Late yesterday, reports being forwarded between email, Facebook, and Twitter users claimed that Kanye West had died in a car crash in Los Angeles. Really?

Fortunately for us, Kanye West is not dead though. He’s just the latest celebrity victim of hoax rumors online. These fake reports circulating said that Ye had been killed in a "bizarre car crash" involving a Porsche and a Ferrari.

"RIP Kanye West" became the most popular topic on Twitter and the number one search term on Google. Numerous websites around the world reported the hoax as follows:

A bizarre car crash in Los Angeles involving two luxury cars early this morning [sic] rapper Kanye West dead, a second injured, a third arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter and a fourth person was detained by police.

A Los Angeles Police Department officer who witnessed the wreck and saw a red Ferrari and a white Porsche "spinning out of control" on Jamboree Road between Bison Avenue and East Bluff Drive ., Los Angeles Lt. Scott Fox said. The Ferrari "hit the curb and then collided with a pole."

I dislike Kanye just as much as the next person, but I think these hoaxers could have been a little more creative on who they tried to take down via the internet. Amy Winehouse would've done the trick just fine.

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