Yesterday the Twitterverse was a buzz with reports of the death of Twilight heart throb Robbert Pattinson.
Well, as usual, Twitter got it wrong.
One tweet read: “Very sad news, especially for all the Twilight fans, Robert Pattinson died in a single car accident on route 80 between Morris-ville and Roswell.”
And a posting on necropedia.org read:
Death of Robert Pattinson.
Robert Pattinson, born on May 13, 1986 in London, was a British actor and model. He died on July 29, 2012, at the age of 26.
Friends and family are mourning the loss of a loved one.
Of course this is just another odd celebrity death hoax.
There’s a great line from HBO’s “Newsroom” that fits these relentless and often believed hoaxes. “A doctor pronounces someone dead, not the news.”
If you ever find yourself reading that a celebrity has passed away, wait for a report from places like the Associated Press before you react.
And please, don’t re-tweet it.