Late last week after quintessential sidekick Ed McMahon, actress Farrah Fawcett and pop star Michael Jackson passed away, a bizarre trend kicked into high gear on social networking sites: death announcements of celebrities who were still very much alive. Two such rumors that gained substantial momentum were that Harrison Ford had perished in a boat accident off the coast of the French Riviera, and that Jeff Goldblum had suffered a fatal fall on a film set in New Zealand.
I witnessed the online equivalent of hyperventilation and mass hysteria over these stories for several hours on Twitter, as people linked to very real-looking news reports that supported the gossip and/or used their 140 characters to claim to be connected to those “in the know” who had received confirmations that the two beloved actors were no longer with us.
Except that they were.
Both Ford and Goldblum were perfectly fine, but for some unknown reason, people wanted to perpetuate the rumors, prompting Kevin Spacey (among other Twitter-loving celebs) to try and put a stop to the madness by Tweeting, “Jeff Goldblum is alive and well. I just talked to his manager. Stop these stupid rumors.”
Alas, even faux news anchor Stephen Colbert trusted randoms online so thoroughly that he refused to believe The Fly was alive… despite his physical presence on the set of The Colbert Report last night.
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The irony of it all is that Jeff’s actually filming Morning Glory with Harrison Ford right now (along with Diane Keaton, who just suffered a nasty fall and bump on the head while on set…) At least Jeff’s a good sport about the whole mess, huh?