By Shawn Rice
For the second time this year, Willie Nelson has been the subject of a celebrity death hoax. While no story had been shared, social media was inquiring whether the country legend had passed on. However, Nelson’s publicist confirmed that Nelson, 84, is still very much with us.
Nelson’s recent health scares and show cancellations spawned initial rumors in March that he had died. The reports inspired Nelson to write the tongue-in-cheek song “Still Not Dead.”
The latest iteration of the hoax seems to have stemmed from a tweet by WLS-AM in Chicago, saying that “multiple people in the country music industry” said Nelson, 84, had passed.
— WLS-AM 890 (@wlsam890) August 3, 2017
The radio station later tweeted that it too had confirmed Nelson was alive.
Here are some reactions on social media to the celebrity death hoax about Nelson.
I hope It’s not true, but a friend of mine in the music business just told me he’s heard Willie Nelson has passed. I hope It’s just rumor!
— The Vol Colonel (@TheVOLColonel) August 3, 2017
CAN PEOPLE PLEASE STOP SAYING THAT WILLIE NELSON IS DEAD WHEN HE IS ALIVE AND WELL?!
My heart can’t handle it.
— Whitney Stretcher (@WhitStretch) August 3, 2017
One of my good friends tried convincing me Willie Nelson was dead this morning, testing the boundaries of our friendship.
— Charlie (@notcharchar) August 3, 2017
Has anybody heard anything this morning regarding #WillieNelson? I’m hearing a disturbing rumor…
— Big John Howell (@JohnHowellWLS) August 3, 2017
I hope what I’m hearing on Willie Nelson is not true.
— Ramblin’ Ray (@RamblinRay890) August 3, 2017
If we really have lost Willie Nelson I will sob for 10 days straight
— Daisy Domergue (@manduhtory) August 3, 2017
Nelson is a frequent target of celebrity death hoaxes, with the most recent iteration occurring in August 2015. One of the more prominent purveyors of this particular celebrity death hoax has been the fake news web site MSMBC.co. This website name is deliberately titled so as to cause confusion with the genuine news site MSNBC.com.
However, this fake news site published on Feb. 21, 2015 a false report claiming the famous musician and user of marijuana had passed away. This fake news site then updated their celebrity death hoax article again on April 11, 2015 and started a new round of the fake Willie Nelson death rumor which you can read below.
Legendary country music star Willie Nelson was found dead today in his Maui home. He was 81 years old. Rumors of Nelson’s death first circulated early April 11, 2015 on social media outlets but was later confirmed by police. A groundskeeper scheduled to perform yard maintenance on Nelson’s property reportedly found the singer/songwriter unresponsive on the front lawn and immediately called 911.
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