Zayn Malik Victim of Death Hoax

Truth rating: 0
(Getty Images)

By Daniel Gates

(Getty Images)

Zayn Malik is NOT dead. A death hoax involving the One Direction singer took off on Monday, leading #RIPZaynMalik to trend worldwide on Twitter and alarming the performer’s millions of fans. It’s 100 percent false. Malik is alive and well.

The rumor, which comes hours before April Fools Day, was fueled in part by a phony, photoshopped “BBC” story about Malik allegedly being found dead in a hotel room. A similar fake BBC story tricked people into believing Lady Gaga died back in 2011.

As Gossip Cop previously reported, Wayne Knight, who played Newman on “Seinfeld,” also fell victim of a death hoax earlier this month. “SEINFELD ACTOR ‘NEWMAN’ KILLED IN TRACTOR-TRAILER ACCIDENT,” read the headline of a story posted on “TMZ.Today,” a bogus site seemingly designed to mislead the public into thinking actor had died in a car crash. Knight was not in a car crash. The real (and alive) Knight took to Twitter to clear up the confusion, writing, “Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, but….I am alive and well!” These pranks are not funny and need to be stopped.

Enter your email address here to receive daily news updates from us.


  1. Gossip Cop
  2. Mediaite
  3. RunwayRiot
  4. The Mary Sue