Good news, everyone! Owen Wilson is not dead.
“Absolutely false. I just spoke with him,” said the actor’s rep, after a flurry of panicked posts made the rounds on Twitter this afternoon.
The hoax is just the latest in false celebrity death claims, which also recently killed off Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, and Morgan Freeman. The Owen Wilson confusion got going with a news report from the dubiously titled Global Associated News, which claimed that Wilson had snowboarded into a tree and died in Zermatt, Switzerland. It then quickly got picked up and passed around. (Oh, the tricky dark side of social networking!) But it was easy to see this one was a hoax: If you click on the “Home” section of the article, you are directed to a site called Fake a Wish, which allows one to “enter a celebrity name to create a list of fake articles about them.” Sigh. It’s a slow news week and all, but can’t we please just quit with the fake celebrity death reports?
What do you think, PopWatchers? Any other celebrities not dead today?