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No, There Wasn't a Philip Seymour Hoffman Death Hoax Before the Actual Event

By February 2, 2014

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Ladies and gentlemen of the Internet, there was no "Philip Seymour Hoffman death hoax" the day before Philip Seymour Hoffman actually died. No hoax, no obligatory debunking by Hoffman's representatives, no "spooky coincidence."

Reports to the contrary are based on misinformation disseminated by Media Mass, a self-proclaimed "satire" website which maintains a vast archive of boilerplate debunkings of celebrity death hoaxes whether or not they have actually occurred.

Such a debunking has long existed for the "death hoax" of Philip Seymour Hoffman (on a page which will soon be, if it hasn't already been, revised to confirm his actual death). Precisely the same chain of events occurred after Paul Walker's death two months ago and James Gandolfini's death in June 2013.

To show you what I mean, here are more examples of Media Mass's handiwork:

Harrison Ford Death 2014: Actor Killed by Celebrity Death Hoax
Jerry Seinfeld Dead 2014: 'Seinfeld' Creator Killed by Celebrity Death Hoax
George Clooney Dead 2014: Actor Killed by Internet Death Hoax
Kanye West Dead 2014: Singer Killed by Celebrity Death Hoax
Peyton Manning Dead 2014: Footballer Killed by Celebrity Death Hoax


February 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm
(1) Matthew Joseph Farkas says:

Wow i saw my shadow i took the broncos by six. punk a phil bitch what a good holiday i have counted thats death 10000 actors where is this movie going i liked real tv and news better but i should watch the game or go see phil

February 2, 2014 at 7:34 pm
(2) da gauy's drunk says:

Someone might be drunk.

February 3, 2014 at 4:08 am
(3) debunk debunk says:

“Mimi is inconsolable. He had his problems, but she thought he was on the road to recovery following his rehab stint. Mimi already had a tough few days, after the recent hoax that claimed Philip had died. She will have to stay strong for the sake of the kids.”


February 3, 2014 at 9:51 am
(4) J White says:

Please consider, if you must link to bad satire, using nofollow links. Otherwise you are merely taking their bait.


February 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm
(5) Sorry says:

Sorry David, but I checked that website literally less than five minutes after the story broke about PSH, and the article already existed with a timestamp from the day before. So yeah, the article existed prior to his death.

February 3, 2014 at 3:50 pm
(6) David Emery says:

Dear Sorry,
You’ve missed the point. Yes, the Media Mass article existed before Hoffman’s death. It probably existed months, possibly even years before his death. The point is that the whole time it existed it purported to debunk a Philip Seymour Hoffman “death hoax” that DIDN’T exist.

February 9, 2014 at 3:03 am
(7) poppychulo says:

um this guy writing this either didn’t see it or is just making this up completely. because the day before PSH really died it was posted all over Facebook and twitter that he had died. it was on my news feed shared by at least 50 people. so not sure where he gets his info but it was right there in digital print in front of my face…..

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