Published Oct 21, 2009Kayne West is the latest celebrity to have become the subject of a death hoax. By early this morning, rumours began flying that the rapper had been involved in a fatal car crash, with fabricated news reports announcing that two luxury cars had crashed in Los Angeles. The stories even offered quotes from a LAPD officer and a detailed description of the wreckage.
These reports spread like wildfire, causing "RIP Kanye West" to become the number one trending topic on Twitter, as well as the top Google search term.
According to MTV, neither West nor his publicists have commented to the situation, but Kanye's girlfriend Amber Rose quashed the rumour on her Twitter, writing that "This RIPKanyeWest topic is not funny and its NOT TRUE! He has people like myself and his family that love him very much." She also went on to write that "we all make mistakes and to say someone died cuz of a mistake is ridiculous. U wouldn't want someone to say that about u." She then tagged all her posts #LongLiveYeezy, prompting many fans to do the same.
The Toronto Star is now reporting that hackers used the rumour to spread a virus. Many of those who searched the reports in the early hours of Wednesday morning arrived at websites that infected their computers with fake anti-virus software.