Now circulating via Facebook:
Same hoax/scam, different headline:
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!
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