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Scott Baio: Death by diaper rash?

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#RIPScottBaio Twitter hoax strikes Wikipedia

Scott Baio died? Nope, those Twitter pranksters are at it again -- and this time they went so far as to update the actor's Wikipedia page with a mysterious cause of death!

Scott BaioDid Scott Baio die of diaper rash? If you're a believer in the word of Wikipedia than you would have had good reason to think the rumor to be true Wednesday evening!

Turns out some pranksters updated the Wiki page of actor Scott Baio, indicating he died on Sept. 14 of this year. Cause of death? Diaper rash! Check out a screenshot of the prank that has since been removed from the site.

The hashtag #RIPScottBaio soon began trending as Twitter users both searched for information on the beloved Happy Days and Charles in Charge actor and perpetuated the joke. Scott Baio, as confirmed by his publicist, is both alive and well -- hopefully with his sense of humor still intact!

Tweets surrounding the Scott Baio death hoax have included such jokes as:

  • So now can I be in charge?
  • Does this mean Joanie is available? What is the line of succession if Charles is no longer in charge?
  • Diaper-Related Death Syndrome (DRDS) is no laughing matter, you guys. Race for the cure to end DRDS today
  • [Scott Baio] fell into the padding/diaper filling machine at Pampers. Dave Coulier had to… cut… him… out.

A fake news source listed as "Global Associated News" also ran a report Wednesday that stated, "Actor Scott Baio died while on a personal vacation in Turks and Caicos early this morning from injuries sustained in a Jet-Ski accident -- Dec. 14, 2011. Preliminary reports from Turks and Caicos police officials indicate that the actor struck a concrete boat slip in a marina on Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands."

The rep who dispelled reports of Scott Baio's diaper rash death commented, "He is alive and well. Couldn't be more merry." The 51-year-old actor, pictured here with his daughter Bailey in 2009, is presumably planning a happy holiday with wife Renee Sloan, Bailey and stepdaughter Kaelyn.

Do you find the Scott Baio diaper rash death hoax to be a laughing matter?

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