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Morgan Freeman Dead? Only on Twitter

By December 16, 2010

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An "inside joke between friends" snowballed into an avalanche of tweets earlier today claiming that actor Morgan Freeman is dead. He is not.

It all began with a fake retweet of an item purporting to have originated from CNN's main Twitter account:

RT @CNN: Breaking News: actor Morgan Freeman has passed away in his Burbank home

But no such report was ever issued by CNN, which not only disavowed it but promised to "aggressively investigate this hoax."

Farhad Manjoo of Slate.com has traced the fake retweet to a user who goes by the handle @originalcjizzle. Said user issued a tweet later in the day stating, "Tonight I truly understand the difference between fame & infamy."

Read more:
Morgan Freeman Dead? Actor Is Alive and Well, but Twitter Hoax Had Countless Users Fooled
The Man Behind Morgan Freeman's Fake Death

Comments

December 17, 2010 at 1:29 am
(1) Sue says:

I was so happy when I learned he died. He is such a turd.

December 19, 2010 at 11:33 am
(2) Bear says:

I got all teary eyed when I saw the caption.
I am THRILLED he is still with us all.
” GOD BLESS “

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