Bill Nye The Science Guy Death Hoax
By Shari Weiss | 11:37 pm, August 26th, 2012
Bill Nye is the latest victim of a death hoax. The sick rumor was started on Twitter late Sunday until a “R.I.P. Bill Nye The Science Guy” topic began trending, which in turn spawned thousands of messages mourning his supposed death.
“R.I.P Bill Nye The Science Guy” IF THIS IS REAL IM GOING TO CATAPULT MYSELF AT 48203454326 MILES PER HOUR INTO A PIT OF LAVA,” one fan wrote. Another added, “R.I.P. Bill Nye The Science Guy. thank you for actually making school enjoyable and making science humorous.” Regardless of his fans’ kind words, the rumor is 100% false. Nye is NOT dead.
As has happened with celebrities like Mariah Carey and Taylor Swift this summer, a social media rumor got out of hand and falsely “killed” Nye. In June, Carey was falsely said to have been “found dead” in tweets attributed to @BET, @TMZ, @CNN__TV and other outlets. Two months later, Swift was pronounced “dead” by a fake “MTV News.” Nye was also falsely rumored to have died TWICE last year. Gossip Cop has said it before and we’ll say it again: It’s time for these awful hoaxes to die out.