According to a celebrity death hoax, Rowan Atkinson aka Mr. Bean has died in a tragic car crash. A twitter account posing as US broadcaster Fox News is responsible for spreading this fake news as Rowan is currently in China for the premiere of film Top Funny Comedian which is only being released in the country and sees the actor playing his infamous Mr. Bean role.
The tweet reads:
“FOX BREAKING NEWS: Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) died at 58 after a car accident. -March 18, 2017.”
A report from the Death Hoax, website reads: “Celebrity death hoaxes are nothing new on the internet yet this one is special in that it managed to be liked/shared over 300,000 times in a short period of time by employing some devious technical tricks.”
It added: “The first one is the video player embedded on the site. At first sight this is just a normal YouTube video from a Fox News broadcast (which is about a death but not about Rowan Atkinson).”
“The scammers are making money by sometimes not showing the video or the share dialog when visitors click but instead redirecting them to pages full of deceptive ads and popups. It is unclear at this time how much they walked away with but it is probably a substantial sum by now based on the amounts of likes and shares we have been seeing.”
Atkinson was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest actors in British comedy and amongst the top 50 comedians ever in a 2005 poll of fellow comedians.
Source: Daily Star
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