A fake news story about the death of actor John Goodman raced around the internet today. It’s hard to understand why people believed this for a second, since the story was filled with spelling mistakes and bad grammar. Here’s a sample:
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) – Actor John Goodman, star of such hits as Monsters Inc and Beyond the Sea, found dead today in his home. Cause of death is not known. Recently seen in the Kevin Spacey epik Beyond the Sea, Goodman was deemed in fine health by his doctor just three days ago. Cause of death is not yet known, but it is suspected natural causes. Goodman was most notably known as the blue-collar patriarch Dan Conner on the hit TV show Roseanne. Goodman also lent his vocal talents to such films as The Emperor’s New Groove and Mosnters Inc, as well as being a semi-regular guest on Saturday Night Live.
Defamer debunked this pretty quickly, even managing to grab a screen shot of the original fake news story before it disappeared. I’ll add this to my growing list of celebrity death hoaxes.