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.