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Death by Twitter: 11 celebrities who have "died" by tweet

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Gabriel García Márquez died on Twitter on May 15, 2012. His announcement looked very official coming from an accounted connected to author Umberto Eco. His Tweets read, "I received the news now from New York. Writer Mario Vargas Llosa and Márquez's family confirmed the news, which will be officially announced by the sister Aida and by publishers in few hours". The publishers only announced that Márquez was happy, healthy and very much alive.

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Baltazar Meza

Some careers are made by Twitter, other die by it. Check out 11 celebrities who have been pronounced "dead" on Twitter.

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    Margaret Thatcher, or the "Iron Lady" if you will, was prematurely pronounced dead on Twitter by the fake news account, "OfficialSkyNews". It turns out Sky News wasn't that official.

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    Dan Kitwood

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    Gabriel García Márquez died on Twitter on May 15, 2012. His announcement looked very official coming from an accounted connected to author Umberto Eco. His Tweets read, "I received the news now from New York. Writer Mario Vargas Llosa and Márquez's family confirmed the news, which will be officially announced by the sister Aida and by publishers in few hours". The publishers only announced that Márquez was happy, healthy and very much alive.

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    Baltazar Meza

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    Eddie Murphy met his Twitter maker in February of 2012. Even after his publicist sent out a message saying, "Trust me, Eddie is very much alive and well," fans wouldn't listen. They tried to kill him off again via Tweets one month later.

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    Dimitrios Kambouris

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    Cher was killed on the social media site along with Adele and Jackie Chan on the same weekend that Twitter also killed off Joe Paterno one day prior to his actual death.

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    Kevin Winter

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    Lil' Kim may have the most unfortunate Twitter death of all. When news broke that North Korea's leader Kim Jung Il died, many on Twitter mistook the name for the Brooklyn-born rap star.

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    Kevin Winter

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    Pope Benedict XVI fell victim to the Twitter death hoax in January 2012. The rather official looking announcement came from an account linked to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. It was later revealed to be a fake Vatican account.

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    Filippo Monteforte

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    New Jersey’s native son, Jon Bon Jovi, was pronounced dead on Twitter on December 19, 2011. The singer had a very clever way of proving the Twitter reaper wrong. He tweeted a photo of himself holding a photo saying, “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey.”

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    Jim Dyson

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    Rihanna's Twitter death in January 2012 was a bit more elaborate than most. Her hoax even came with the backstory that the singer was killed in a plane crash. Thankfully, it wasn't true.

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    John Shearer

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    In December of 2011, Twitter users were fooled that Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez had died, but that wasn't even the worst of it. The fake Tweets also lead to malware leading many to have to fend off a virus on their computer.

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    LEO RAMIREZ

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    Even sports icon Tiger Woods couldn't escape a Twitter death. While playing in a golf tournament in Sydney, Australia, the Twitter-verse went crazy over rumors of his death. Rumors were flying that the golf star had committed suicide.

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    Streeter Lecka

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    Justin Bieber may be the coolest cat on Twitter, however his nine lives seem to be almost up. The hashtag #RIPBieber is a constant on the social media site.

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    Jemal Countess