Yet another celebrity has fallen into the category of celebrity death hoaxes.

Right now, the hashtag #RIPBettyWhite is trending on Twitter. While it’s sure to make your heart stop, it shouldn’t. Simply because it’s not true. It all started with an article which bore the title, “Actress Betty White, 92, Dyes Peacefully In Her Los Angeles Home”.


Sure, it went viral (she is a longtime actress after all) and sure, it confused people. So much so that they forgot to check the website it was posted on. None other than half entertainment half satirical website Empire News.


In fact, a disclaimer for the website clearly says:

Empire News is a satirical and entertainment website. We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.

And that’s one reason why it’s a hoax. If that’s not enough proof, well, here’s another reason: The thing is, nobody “dyes” peacefully.

So guys, Betty White, the longtime actress and comic, has not died.

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