Tupac Is Alive!
By David Emery
Netlore Archive: Circulating via email, this hoax web page purports to be a CNN report revealing that murdered rapper Tupac Shakur is still alive and strolling the streets of Beverly Hills.
Description: Hoax / Prank
Circulating since: April 1, 2005
Status: FALSE (see details below)
Email contributed by L. Davis, April 5, 2005:
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Analysis: Notwithstanding its apparent confirmation of online conspiracy theories surrounding the death of hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur in 1996, this so-called "news item" is bogus. Notwithstanding the fact that it was painstakingly crafted to look like a page belonging on CNN's website, CNN.com published no such story. It was, in fact, an April Fools' prank, and even says so in the fine print at the bottom of the page (see detail below): "You just got April Fooled! Tupac's dead. Get over it."
The fake CNN page was originally hosted at www.cnnonline.co.nr/tupac.htm but the domain name was suspended without warning, probably due to legal threats from CNN (the suffix ".nr" stands for the Republic of Nauru, an island in the Pacific measuring 8.1 square miles). It was mirrored for a time on www.benderboyz.com, but when last I checked the site was unavailable due to "maintenance downtime or capacity problems."
Hoax is revealed in fine print
at the bottom of the page:
Last updated: 04/06/05