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Even though the martial arts star has repeatedly refuted rumors that he suffered a fatal heart attack on Twitter and Facebook, the "RIP Jackie Chan" trending topic refuses to suffer its own speedy death, persisting on the social network site for days. At least Chan can take some cold comfort in the fact that he's not the first celebrity to virtually die on Twitter.
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He's still winning – in spite of a Twitter rumor that the actor had died in a snowboarding accident. Ex-wife Denise Richards took to the social networking site (Sheen wasn't Tweeting at the time), writing,
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Another actor reported to die in a snowboarding accident, Wilson allegedly perished in Switzerland. The story was, of course, false – and the result of a fake Web site called Fake a Wish, where users can input names to create realistic-looking, albeit entirely untrue, news reports.
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After prankster Chris Laganella posted a fake Web page that the Scrubs star died of an overdose, Braff and pal Donald Faison filmed a video refuting the claims. "I'm alive, I'm here ... and I would never off myself with pills. If I had to do it," Braff said, adding, "I would do it the way everyone else would do it – by hitting myself with pots and pans." He also awarded Laganella with the "Douche of the Day Award" for, as Braff put it, "making my mom upset."
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The actor's legendary voice hasn't been silenced – although you wouldn't know it on Twitter. After a bored user retweeted a false CNN report announing the actor's death, the story went viral, with reporters from several reputable news sites (like ESPN) retweeting the post as well. CNN finally issued a statement that the original post was false.
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After reports surfaced on Twitter that the Jurassic Park star had died by falling off a cliff in New Zealand, the actor appeared on The Colbert Report to prove that he was alive and well. "No one will miss Jeff Goldblum more than me," the actor joked. "He was not only a friend and a mentor, but he was also, um, me."
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The funnyman isn't laughing! His most recent Twitter death hoax is his fourth time he has been falsely proclaimed dead. Cosby not only Tweeted about the rumors – "Emotional friends have called about this misinformation," he wrote – but he also called into Larry King Live, saying, "It isn't funny."
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Like Chan, "RIP Kanye West" was a tenacious trending topic on Twitter after a report surfaced that West had died in a two-car accident. He hadn't, and then-girlfriend Amber Rose came to his defense, Tweeting, "This 'RIP Kanye West' topic is not funny and it's NOT TRUE!"