Will Smith: Not Dead


Meanwhile, on the other side of the fake stories about celebrity mortality spectrum, Will Smith has been killed by the Internet–specifically by a story from that claimed the former Fresh Prince had fallen to his death from a cliff in New Zealand and was circulated far and wide on Twitter, where phony stories like this one can blossom like a million 140-character weeds. He’s alive, though. Oh, and there’s a funny part! (Aside from the New Zealand coincidence between this item and the Tupac one, which probably speaks to the fact that the people perpetrating these hoaxes are huge nerds for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.)

The “cliff” in question is Kauri Cliffs, which seems to actually be the name of a five-star resort and golf club in New Zealand that is beloved by Conde Nast Traveler.* Although that hasn’t stopped it from e-killing famous people like George Clooney, Tom Cruise, and Jeff Goldblum in recent years! Given that this hoax happened pretty much right at the beginning of the Internet’s summer, I’m going to posit that Smith won’t be the last celebrity killed by the death-obsessed hordes of bored people on their computers over the next few months, or even the next few days.

* I’m always loath to believe Wikianything as a source, but there’s no picture of “Kauri Cliffs” in the Cliffs Of New Zealand gallery and Wikipedia’s only citations of the place involve references to golf courses. Also, in case you were wondering, “kauri” is a really, really old wood.