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David Emery

Celine Dion Dead? No, It's a Hoax AND a Rogue Facebook App

By October 23, 2013

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Now circulating via Facebook:
R.I.P. Celine Dion 1968 - 2013
Same hoax/scam, different headline:
Fox News - Her heart will go on? Celine Dion died in a car accident

DON'T CLICK on links in Facebook posts purporting to offer news video about Celine Dion's death. No such video exists. Dion is alive and well.

False reports to the contrary are spreading thanks to a rogue app that requests access to members' profile information and permission to post on their behalf. If access is granted, the app reposts the "R.I.P. Celine Dion" blurb on the pages of everyone on that member's friend list. (Anyone who has inadvertently allowed this to happen can remove the app by following these instructions.)

Update: Celine Dion Responds to Death Hoax - DigitalSpy.com reports that, unsurprisingly, Celine Dion isn't happy about false Internet reports of her death. "The thing that worries me is my mom," she is quoted as saying in the Nov. 9, 2013 article. "It makes me a little mad — she's 86 years old and if I'm not on the phone telling her I'm OK four seconds after it's on the news... it doesn't matter what they say, it's the impact it has on your family." Read more...

Text example (plane crash version):

(Hollywood Breaking News) - R.I.P Celine Dion At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (October 20, 2013), Celine Dion died in a plane crash. The culprit for the story is Global Associated, aka Mediafetcher. "Celine Dion presumed dead in private plane crash", Global claims that Celine died today at "Denver Peak-Regional Airport". a small private aircraft in distress ceased radio contact with the control tower and fell below radar frequency after reporting engine trouble and smoke in the cockpit. Actress Celine Dion was believed to have been a passenger on the flight. Raw footage of her accident has been recorded and leaked to fox news but cannot be broadcasted over the air so it was uploaded via the internet for the public to view. Due to the graphic content of this video, please be advised 18+ only. Watch Full Exclusive Video-->

Another example (car crash version):

Her heart will go on? Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that Celine Dion lost control while driving a friend's vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing her instantly. The vehicle was believed to have been traveling at approximately 95 miles per hour in a 55mph zone at the time of the accident. Witnesses have stated that Celine Dion's car crossed the double lines several times prior to the accident and hit the center lane divider causing the vehicle to flip and roll. Toxicology tests will be performed to determine whether she was driving under the influence, however initial findings indicate that durgs or alcohol did not contribute in any way to this accident as it was more likely to been caused by road conditions. Memorial services for Celine Dion have not yet been announced. The service is expected to be a closed casket funeral due to the severe head trauma. Raw footage of her accident has been recorded and leaked to fox news but cannot be broadcasted over the air so it was uploaded via the internet for the public to view. Due to the graphic content of this video, please be advised 18+ only.

Again, there is no such video. The various hoax stories claiming Celine Dion died in a plane or car crash originated on a prank website several years ago and are now being exploited by a rogue Facebook app to reproduce itself. Don't fall for this scam!

Updates:
Think Celine Dion Is Dead? Your Facebook Profile May Be Compromised
Her Heart Will Go On! Celine Dion Makes Two Appearances in New York Following Facebook Death Hoaxes
Celine Dion on Death Hoax: 'It Makes Me a Little Mad'

More rogue app warnings:
Will Smith Pronounced Dead
Jackie Chan Dies
Miley Cyrus Commits Suicide
Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) Dies
Angelina Jolie Dies at 38

Comments

October 27, 2013 at 2:28 pm
(1) UsedTo LUVherMusic says:

Celine Dion DEAD?! Naw,just She “WENT VEGAS”,Where ONLY the Very WEALTHY CAN SEE Her SHOW! As Well though I usually don’t *JUDGE,that Great Grand-Daddy She Married MADE HER FAMOUS,She Was “promised To Him”! Now, Who is Willing To Fly To Las Vegas and pay up to a few thousand dollars, to watch a 100lb. Anorexic billionaire sing for maybe 90 minutes? NOT ME, though I thought Celine Was The BEST when she was NOT a “One-Percenter, married to an OLD illuminatist.SO SORRY CELINE, Sorry For ALL the PEOPLE Who Are NOT WEALTHY enough to Buy Your CDs, Much Less Go To VEGAS To Pay SO MUCH to watch You(until You Are Old&singing in BRANSON MO.;) Hoping ALL your DREAMS Come True Celine LOL, you deserve it,You HAVE to Look at “Ole Rene’ “,EVERY MORNING across the breakfast tablehehehe!

October 27, 2013 at 9:47 pm
(2) Billy says:

She didnt die but her act did!

October 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm
(3) Mavvy says:

To UsedTo LUVherMusic: Apparently, a LOT of people did, you reprobate. You don’t? Then don’t listen, don’t look, don’t go see. What an a**wipe.

November 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm
(4) joy says:

Why they have to post like this against Celine Dion are they what, they’re trying to be a Star or something, please stop this kind of Non sense news spreading that Celine is dead its not a joke…

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