Wayne Knight death hoax made fans fear for the worst

Mar 17, 2014 at 10:32 a.m. ET

Poor Wayne Knight! The actor who played Seinfeld's lovable character Newman found himself the victim of an elaborate celebrity death hoax, but he's alive, and he has something to say about the craziness.

Wayne Knight victim of a celebrity death hoax
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A celebrity death hoax has struck again, and this time its victim is actor Wayne Knight!

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Fans feared for the worst when the internet decided to trend the death of the 58-year-old star on Saturday, reporting that he had been in a horrific tractor-trailer accident near the Pennsylvania-New York state border in Eldred Township.

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There were even reports from several publications suggesting that the funny man — known for his role as Jerry Seinfeld's nemesis Newman on the hit TV series Seinfeld — had sadly died.

In fact, the death hoax was so elaborate that according to Contact Music, even a fake TMZ-inspired website called TMZ Today reported that, "Police have identified the deceased as the lovable 'Newman,' McKean County Coroner Jeff Levin said Knight died of blunt force trauma at the scene."

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However, having seen the madness that was unfolding, the Jurassic Park actor decided to take to Twitter himself and assure fans that he was, in fact, alive and well. "Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, but….I am alive and well!"


"Does someone have to DIE to trend? Geez! Thanks for all the love everybody. I didn't know you cared. Glad to be breathing!" Knight added.


And we're glad, too, because there's no doubt this was an unpleasant experience for Knight. But hey, it could be much worse. He could be Jackie Chan, who somehow manages to find himself the victim of a celebrity death hoax every year.

Enough with the celebrity death hoaxes already, people!