And another one bites the “celebrity death hoax” dust.
Last Saturday, 8th Nov, this site reported that “Home Alone” child star Macaulay Culkin had been found dead in his apartment on Friday, 7th Nov. But the story has proven to be false.
In case you missed it, the site stated:
Sources are reporting that Macaulay Culkin, best known for his role as Kevin McCallister in Home Alone and sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, has been found dead at the age of 34.
Multiple unconfirmed reports say Culkin was found dead Friday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment after police responded to a wellness check requested by a family member.
At least one occupant of the Manhattan apartment confirmed the apartment belongs to Culkin but police have not confirmed the man’s identity at this time.
“The apartment was exceptionally clean and we found no signs of abuse or foul-play so we are depending on the coroner to make a final ruling of what happened here today,” said Det. James Patterson, of the Manhattan Police Department.
Born August 26, 1980, Culkin began acting at the tender age of four. At the height of his fame, he was regarded as the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple.
This story is still developing. More details will be made available once they emerge.
This is not the first time that this has happened to Macaulay Culkin, of course.
About 7 months earlier, a similar rumour found its way on the interwebs, with some outlets reporting that the body of Macaulay Culkin was discovered in his New York City apartment. And you know what happens when a story, hoax or not, breaks on the internet, right? It goes absolutely crazy! The Macaulay Culkin death hoax then picked up steam as many on Twitter and Facebook began posting the false report.
As you can imagine, this then led to a lot of sad social media posts – which were all pretty much for nothing. Because Macaulay Culkin, who plays in a band called the Pizza Underground, decided to address the rumours in a more lighthearted manner. He posted the following on the band’s Instagram account:
And he also posted the following on the band’s Twitter account, further proving that he’s very much, uhm, alive.
Gotta love his sense of humour:
— pizza underground (@cheesedayz) November 9, 2014
Move along now, people.