Jack Black became the latest victim of a social media death hoax thanks to a weekend Twitter account hacking, reported the Huffington Post
The fake death posting on Sunday morning came from the account of Tenacious D, the comedy rock band led by Black that the 2006 movie "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny" was based on.
"It is with a heavy heart I am to announce that Jack Black passed away last night at 3:37 a.m.," said a now-deleted Twitter post. "The cause of death is yet unknown."
The post was one of a series from the account – including tweeting out the hashtag #RipJackBlack – before the account owners regained control and debunked the rumors, said the New York Daily News
"It has killed Jackie Chan, Britney Spears, Morgan Freeman and Justin Bieber. And now, the epidemic has selected its next victim," said the Washington Post.
"… But Black is not actually dead; he's just the latest target of a social-media death hoax — an event so common that we now recognize the tired cliché as soon as it appears."
Some on Twitter took the initial Twitter post with caution.
The Tenacious D Twitter account followed up to clear up the uncertainty.
Some, though, still fell for the gag.
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