Wayne Knight Death Hoax: 'Seinfeld' Newman Actor Addresses Rumors

Monday, 17 Mar 2014 04:53 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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"Seinfeld" star Wayne Knight is tweeting his relief at being alive after he became the latest victim of an online death hoax over the weekend.

Knight, who played Newman on “Seinfeld,” tweeted Sunday, “Does someone have to DIE to trend? Geez! Thanks for all the love everybody. I didn’t know you cared. Glad to be breathing!”

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It was initially reported online that Knight was killed in a car accident in Pennsylvania.

In one of his tweets, Knight apologized to anyone who knows him who might have been upset by the reports and also sent regrets to the family of the woman who died in the accident.

Knight continued to post about the hoax Monday.

Celebrity death hoaxes have become relatively commonplace online. About.com’s Urban Legends put together the Top 10 funniest responses from celebs who hear that they’ve died.

Those include Hugh Hefner’s tweeted response, “I’m happy to see how many people are pleased that I’m not dead. I’m pleased too,” and Jon Bon Jovi who posted a picture of himself holding a sign that said, “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey.”

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