Just hours after it was reported that there was a plot to kill Justin Bieber, a death hoax surrounding the pop star surfaced on the internet.
As usual, Global Associated News is behind the host, similar to recent death hoaxes on the internet, like one about Tony Hawk.
The article posted on Global Associated News' website is almost identical to the one they wrote about Tony Hawk a few weeks ago. They say that Bieber died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. They also add that he was dead at the scene and was identified by his photo ID found on his body and that no alcohol or drugs were in his system. Global Associated News wrote, "Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that Justin Bieber lost control while driving a friend's vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing him instantly. The vehicle was believed to have been traveling at approximately 95 miles per hour in a 55mph zone at the time of the accident." The paragraph is virtually word for word what they wrote in other hoaxes. Talk about lazy journalism.
Lastly, they added a piece about a funeral. "Memorial services for Justin Bieber have not yet been announced. The service is expected to be a closed casket funeral due to the severe head trauma. Additional details and information will be forthcoming as they become available."
Earlier today, it was reported that two men had planned on killing Justin Bieber and his bodyguard at Madison Square Garden, where Bieber had a few concerts a few weeks ago. Afterwards, they would brutally castrate the two, New Mexico's KRQE reported. However, the plan was thwarted when one of the men involved turned in his partner. He went to the police and the plot was stopped.
This isn't the first time Justin Bieber has been involved in a death hoax.
In January 2011, "RIP Justin Bieber" became a trending topic on Twitter, and even started trending on Google Trends. The death hoax spread his name to dozens of people who probably wouldn't ever have heard of the pop star, and he became a international phenomenon shortly after.
2012 was a big year for celebrity death hoaxes. So far this year, in addition to Tony Hawk, celebrities including Morgan Freeman, Adam Sandler, Vince Vaughn, Lil Wayne, and Bill Cosby were pronounced dead by the social media site. But, all of the people listed above, including Justin Bieber are all alive.