The world was rocked this morning when an emailed press release went out saying that Mark McGrath was shot and killed.
The press release read:
Musician Mark McGrath has died at the age of 46. McGrath was on set filming the second season of entertainment show Hot Package, when he was confronted by a masked gunman and shot several times. The former Sugar Ray frontman died in the arms of his co-host Derrick Beckles on the Hollywood set of the show.
In honor of Mr. McGrath’s legacy, his team is asking in liu of flowers, fans post a Sugar Ray Selfie, holding a packet of sugar over their heart. #RIPMARKMCGRATH
Then a few hours later, after his people confirmed he was alive, the PR company said he alive.
The release said:
Please be advised that Mark McGrath and his team have had no involvement in or knowledge of the media alerts sent earlier this morning.
Mr. McGrath is a guest on the show, and his death is merely a plot line in the premiere episode. PRISMATICS take full responsibility for any confusion.
In honor of their stupid campaign, I say let’s boycott the show. I feel for the people who work on the show, but how can anyone think that was even remotely funny?
So how did Mark McGrath feel about it? Here’s what he Tweeted, “To be clear, I’m only apologizing to anyone affected by this death hoax, as I am in no way involved with this really lame press release. I can only hope the people responsible will clear my name, but I won’t hold my breath…what was a fun cameo on a show, has become a bummer.”
On Friday, there were rumors that Macaulay Culkin had died, and yesterday he took to Twitter to dispel the rumors. At least, I think he did because he did so by recreating Weekend at Bernie’s and we know that movie was about two guys who pretended that their dead boss was alive. So at this time we will have to assume he is alive until he picks a different movie to prove that he’s still breathing like Home Alone.
Some fake news site called TMZ.today reported that Wayne Knight had died in a tractor accident today and star took to Twitter to deny the report. Seinfeld’s Newman said, “Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, butâ€¦.I am alive and well!” I for one am glad to hear he is still with us because I absolutely love him on The Exes.
BTW when will people stop falling for these obviously fake sites that report that actors died when they didn’t?
Jared Leto took to Twitter to declare that he is not dead…sort of. The 30 Seconds to Mars singer said, “Yes, the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. How could I be dead if I’m not actually alive? XO”
I try not to post “Not Dead” stories, but his Tweet was so ingenious I had to share it with you.
There was another death hoax today and the victim this time around was the ageless Cher. Even though her reps quickly denied her demise, the diva took to Twitter to respond to the rumors in a way only she would. She said, “Well here i am tweeting from the HereAfter! Its very Blue up here & thank God they gave me a view of the Sea,Palm trees & a Balinese house” She then added, “Lets tweet Later ’cause even though im JUST a Spirit im Hungry!!! Going 2 have a Tostada salade ! WONDER What they’re serving Down THERE ?” With all joking aside, she finally let us know that she is alive and she ain’t going no where anytime soon. She Tweeted, “LOVELIES,.Im not going ANYWHERE TILL I FINISH THIS FKNG ALBUM ! The ONLY RIP I KNOW HOW 2 DO IS “RIP IT UP! KICK ASS & TAKE NO PRISONERS !” I don’t know about you, but I want her to keep raising hell for a few more albums. There is only woman like her and we need to keep her here as long as possible even though she has a great view up there.
Someone Wanted Jon Bon Jovi Dead, but I am happy to report he is very much Alive! So to whoever thought that they could kill him with a Shot Through the Heart online, I can tell you that your Bad Medicine didn’t work. Thankfully he hasn’t gone out in a Blaze of Glory as you can see in the picture above that his record label UMG posted on Twitter today after the rumors surfaced.
BTW as a New Yorker if heaven is New Jersey, then what must hell be like?
Finally if you don’t know the Bon Jovi song I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, listen to it below.
Yesterday there were rumors that comedic legend Bill Cosby died and he was so unhappy about it he took to Twitter.
Again, I’m rebuttaling rumors about my demise. But, I’m confirming I have an app –iTunes App Store
Emotional friends have called about this misinformation. To the people behind the foolishness, Iâ€™m not sure you see how upsetting this is.
His final Tweet was to tell everyone to watch him Larry King Live to prove that he was alive. After watching that interview I think that Kyra Phillips’ career should be dead because that interview was so bad, so wrong and she didn’t even bother to do any research. One of her questions to him if he was Twitter. Seriously if she knew she was going to ask it why didn’t she take minute to do the research before she went on the show. It isn’t that hard. Then when she asked him who he wanted to play him in a movie about his life, he said Steven Wright and she had no idea who he was. He is a pretty big comedian and she should’ve known him because if she did then she would have been in on a very funny joke.
But it wasn’t only the fact that she had no idea about anything, she kept asking him what he wants said about him when he dies. Seriously what an inappropriate question to ask someone who spent the day defending that he is alive. So you would think after the first time and not getting an answer she would stop there, but she asked it a few more time.
Seriously I can’t believe CNN got rid of Larry King and they kept her. BTW I had to do research to find out who she was because I had no clue who she was. Maybe someday she too will learn how to do research.
So someone created a fake story that Zach Braff had committed suicide and the Scrubs star made a video on Facebook to prove that he is still alive. Gotta love that he had to make a video to prove that he is still with us. The best part is he had Donald Faison sing the version of Wind Beneath My Wings that he wants him to sing at his funeral when he really does die. Even though Zach Braff is still alive, his career not so much.
Last week there was story from Global Associated News was heard all over the world reporting that the Earth Girls Are Easy star Jeff Goldblum had fallen 60′ to his death in New Zealand. His publicist immediately squashed the rumor with a statement saying The Fly did not die and he was still alive. That wasn’t good enough to prove that he wasn’t going through The Big Chill, so he made an appearance on Comedy Central’s Colbert Nation to prove that he would still be around to light fireworks on Independence Day. But by the end of his appearance he accepted the fact that he had gone to the big Jurassic Park in the sky.
Seriously if Jeff Goldblum did more funny stuff like that, I would actually watch his movies and TV shows. So on that note, don’t forget to watch him on USA’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent every Sunday at 9p for his final episodes since he is no longer with us. Oh and he is also filming Morning Glory with Diane Keaton who almost joined him yesterday after an on-set accident.
On a non-Jeff Goldblum note, Stephen Colbert is such a freaking genius!!! How brilliant was that bit?
Finally if you see any stories from Global Associated News about a death of a celebrity dying in some horrific way, don’t believe it because the site allows you to create fakes news stories.
Someone erroneously posted on Sinbad's Wikipedia page that he died of heart attack over the weekend. Sinbad did an interview with AP and to let them he is still alive and kicking. He told them as soon as the news was posted on Wikipedia he started to receive calls, E-Mails and text messages to see if he was still with us. Who knew there were that many people checking out his Wikipedia page to find the fake update. When he was asked about how he felt about the rumor, he said this "It's gonna be more commonplace as the Internet opens up more and more. It's not that strange." Sadly I think he is right, don't you. BTW another update on him is that he is doing a tour with his stand-up if you want to see him (a)live!