A story hit the web yesterday claiming that Seinfeld star Wayne Knight had died in a car crash near the New York–Pennsylvania border Saturday night. To this day I still watch Seinfeld reruns, and Newman is one of my favorite characters on the show.
Thankfully, it was just a death hoax. The 58-year-old took to Twitter to make it known that he was very much still alive.
He tweeted, “Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, but…I am alive and well!” After his name started trending he tweeted, “Does someone have to DIE to trend? Geez! Thanks for all the love everybody. I didn’t know you cared. Glad to be breathing!”
The reports of his death appear to have come from a site called TMZ Today, which is not affiliated with TMZ.com. Everything from the location of the crash to the names of the drivers to the hospitals were included in the fake hoax.
There have been other celebrities who’ve been victims of death hoaxes in the past. For example, there was a rumor that went around that said Brad Pitt had crashed into a tree and died while snowboarding in Switzerland. Stars like Charlie Sheen, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, and Usher were also a victim of death hoaxes. In 2010, Sheen was falsely reported to have died after crashing into a tree while snowboarding. Slater and Sandler were also have said to have died in snowboarding accidents.
What’s up with saying celebrities have “died” after snowboarding accidents?