24 Celebs Who Were Rumored to Have Died — but Didn't

Mar 29, 2018 at 4:46 p.m. ET
Emma Watson 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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In the age of social media, rumors get started and spread very quickly. And in the celebrity world, it's so easy to misconstrue a harmless tweet, a cryptic social media presence and all paparazzi shots. Oh, Kendall Jenner was spotted with a high-profile male celeb? They must be dating! Or, how about this: A tweet swearing a celebrity died? It must be true! Cue the embarrassingly premature slew of tributes and R.I.P.s from the media and the masses alike.

Undoubtedly, it's the worst kind of rumor: the celebrity death hoax. So many stars have become a member of the club, from A-list actors like Emma Watson and Morgan Freeman to pop stars, including Britney Spears and Justin Bieber, of all people.

In the words of Taylor Swift, who is just one of the many celebs believed to have actually died, are you ready for it? Here are the top 24 celeb death hoaxes.

A version of this article was originally published in November 2014.

1 /24: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Guess Portrait Studio
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1/24 :Taylor Swift

2 /24: Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala
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2/24 :Avril Lavigne

3 /24: William Shatner

William Shatner Star Trek Discovery Premiere
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3/24 :William Shatner

4 /24: Bob Barker

Bob Barker Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
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4/24 :Bob Barker

5 /24: Britney Spears

Britney Spears Hollywood Beauty Awards
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5/24 :Britney Spears

6 /24: Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin in Manhattan 2017
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6/24 :Macaulay Culkin

7 /24: Gabriel Iglesias

Gabriel Iglesias with his dog Vinnie
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7/24 :Gabriel Iglesias

8 /24: Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney at Stella McCartney Autumn 2018 Presentation
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8/24 :Paul McCartney

9 /24: Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman 24th Annual SAG Awards
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9/24 :Morgan Freeman

10 /24: Cher

Cher 'The Promise' premiere
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10/24 :Cher

11 /24: Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum 'Isle of Dogs' premiere
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11/24 :Jeff Goldblum

12 /24: Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan 2017 WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai
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12/24 :Jackie Chan

13 /24: Emma Watson

Emma Watson 2018 Vanity Fair Oscars Party
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13/24 :Emma Watson

14 /24: Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton at boohoo Block Party
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14/24 :Paris Hilton

15 /24: Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Midnight Sun Premiere
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15/24 :Justin Bieber

16 /24: Chris Brown

Chris Brown 2016 Power 106 All Star Celebrity basketball game
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16/24 :Chris Brown

17 /24: Cesar Millan

Cesar Millan Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2016
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17/24 :Cesar Millan

18 /24: 'Chumlee' Russell

Austin 'Chumlee' Russell at Ghostbar Dayclub

18/24 :'Chumlee' Russell

19 /24: Wayne Elliot Knight

Wayne Elliot Knight 'Hail, Caesar!' premiere
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19/24 :Wayne Elliot Knight

20 /24: Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne pours champagne over Samsung Galaxy S7
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20/24 :Lil Wayne

21 /24: Mark McGrath

Mark McGrath Host Flamingo Go Pool
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21/24 :Mark McGrath

22 /24: Beyoncé

Beyoncé Met Gala 2016
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22/24 :Beyoncé

23 /24: Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson Chelsea Flower Show
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23/24 :Rowan Atkinson

24 /24: Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith 2018 Grammys
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24/24 :Jaden Smith