Miley Cyrus Death Hoax Grossly Sensationalized By HollywoodLife

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Miley Cyrus Death Hoax 2016

By Shari Weiss

Miley Cyrus Death Hoax 2016

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Miley Cyrus was recently the victim of a death hoax. Though she’s thankfully alive and well, HollywoodLife tried to trick readers into thinking she actually died.

On Monday night, HollywoodLife blared in a headline, “Miley Cyrus Dead? Report Surfaces Claiming Singer Died In Her Bathtub.” Dressing up its post with a “breaking news” banner, the accompanying story began, “Oh no! A horrific rumor surfaced that Miley Cyrus was found dead in her bathtub on Sept. 5. The bombshell report claimed the singer was allegedly discovered in her Hollywood home. Do fans have a reason to freak out?”

Seriously? Real journalistic outlets don’t tease readers with the possibility that a celebrity (or anyone, for that matter) has died. The bad blog knew full well when it wrote this story that Cyrus was just fine. But the site still crafted the article to make it seem like the worst had happened.

The webloid didn’t reveal that it was all a hoax until the end of the second paragraph, when it had the nerve to call out the original source of the rumor “for using death hoaxes as click bait.” Pot, meet kettle. The bottom-feeding publication even ends it piece by asking, “HollywoodLifers, do YOU believe Miley Cyrus passed away?! Let us know!”

And as if this initial wrongdoing wasn’t enough, the outlet stooped even lower by running a follow-up story on Tuesday with the headline, “Miley Cyrus Dead? New Proof She’s Alive After Report Has Fans Freaking Out.” The end of that article reads, “HollywoodLifers, we’re so glad Miley is okay!! Do you think this hoax was ridiculous? Tell us!”

But the webloid is responsible for taking what was, yes, a ridiculous hoax to a new gross level. What makes it even worse, though, is that HollywoodLies has pulled this shameful stunt before. Back in 2014, Gossip Cop called out the frequently criticized site for doing the exact same thing: Baiting readers into thinking Miley Cyrus was dead. As we pointed out then, just like now, the site is more interested in spreading these death hoaxes and exploiting fans’ concerns than legitimately clearing them up.

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