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Will Smith is not dead, so why won’t the actor’s death hoax die?

Will Smith is not dead, so why won’t the actor’s death hoax die?

Will Smith is alive, contrary to death hoax rumors that continue to circulate in increasing numbers. Even articles “debunking” the actor’s death are sometimes hoaxes, too. Today we’ll take a close look at why the convoluted Will Smith death hoax has thrived over the past several months.

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Malicious Facebook App

In late October 2013, a malicious Facebook app began spreading, using a fake news headline regarding the “death” of Will Smith. It claimed the actor died while filming the movie Hancock 2. The fake news story contained a graphic that read “R.I.P. Will Smith, 1968-2013″ The false report read:

Hollywood Press: Will Smith has just been pronounced dead after undergoing an immediate spinal surgery caused by an accident while filming Hancock 2 (2014). The negligence of the doctor with medication overdose was blamed to be the cause of his death. Watch the full video of CCTV cam installed in the operating room where he was admitted: (Link Removed)

Concerned fans took the bait and clicked the fake news link in droves, which secretly installed a rogue Facebook app. This malicious app would then post the same fake story on their behalf, thus spreading the hoax to new unsuspecting readers.

If you suspect that such an app has been installed, follow the directions below to remove it.

How to Remove a Facebook App

You can remove a Facebook app by going into “Account Settings” and selecting “Apps” on the left side of the screen. Here you can simply click the “x” next to the app to remove it completely. It’s a good idea to revisit this page on occasion to get rid of unwanted or unused apps.


To further add to the confusion regarding Will Smith, some users in their attempts to find out about Smith’s status stumbled across the fake news generator Media Fetcher, which also falsely reports Smith’s death while filming a movie. This news generator constantly plugs in the current date, giving their fake content “breaking news” status. MediaFetcher’s fake story reads:

Actor Will Smith died while filming a movie in New Zealand early this morning – January 20, 2014
Preliminary reports from New Zealand Police officials indicate that the actor fell more than 60 feet to his death on the Kauri Cliffs while on-set. Specific details are not yet available.

The accident occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m. (UTC/GMT +12).


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Some well-intended fans found and shared an article “debunking” Smith’s death, published by the “satirical” website MediaMass. That site, however, publishes the same story for hundreds of celebrities. Aside from the fact that Smith’s death reports are indeed a hoax, nothing else contained in the MediaMass article has any shred of truth to it. You can, in fact, read the same “debunking” article on that site for other living celebrities such as Hillary Clinton or Nicolas Cage.

For more info, read our full review of MediaMass.

Google Trends “Will Smith Dead”

A look at Google Trends for the search phrase “Will Smith Dead” shows the frequency of recent searches began increasing in late October 2013. Additional peaks also occurred around November 3 and December 1. A significant increase in this search phrase occurred in January 12, 2014.



If we expand the search (below), we can see that two other Will Smith death hoaxes occurred in May 2011 and again in November of that year.



Bottom Line

Will Smith, as of this writing, is alive and well. Those seeking validation of reports of the actor’s death must wade through a quagmire of false information both “confirming” and “debunking” his demise. You can be rest assured that if such a tragic event were to occur, it would be headline news on every major media outlet minutes after any such announcement.

If you see a link claiming to be a news story reporting the death of Will Smith, avoid the temptation of clicking it, as this will only add to the proliferation of the hoax.

Have you seen a Will Smith death report? Tell us where you saw it in the comments below.

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View Comments (24)


  1. Mashungmi Raihing.

    March 20, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Happy happy Will Smith is not dead.He is doing good. May our good God always be with you.

  2. Randi

    March 16, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    newsworld.pw on Facebook claims Will Smith died whole filming Bad Boys 3. I guess there is a video. I never watch them. I always google to see if they are a hoax.

  3. Kathy Williams

    March 16, 2014 at 2:31 am

    I love Will Smith as his fan he is amazing. It is so wrong and immoral to begin a tragic rumor. It’s evil. I don’t believe a person would want someone to state rumours of whoever is responsible for his death. It’s the weekend and a rumour is spread about everyones favorite employee died Saturday morning of an anuerism. All their friends and family think he or she is dead. That’s horrific. I hope this person who is demented gets punished or otherwise brought to justice.

  4. steven

    March 10, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Is all this another movie or real cus I just can’t believe that this is true cus I saw him yesterday and we were together but I guess that was in my dream

  5. Jessica Harris

    March 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Saw it just now on facebook. Reminded me of a similar one about Jackie Chan.

  6. Adrianna Ordiway

    March 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Why do peoples put horses online just to make them tell everybody

  7. Devin

    February 27, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I don’t believe Will smith is dead until I see it with my eye

  8. Denrele ajayi

    February 27, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Willard Smith, you shall not die but live to declare the GLORY of God.

  9. jeff

    February 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I don’t believe that Mr Willard “Will” Smith is dead, its all lies.

  10. Tiffany

    February 25, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Great article! I ran across the “dead headline” this afternoon on Facebook. It leads you to accepting fox for a “news now” in permissions. I don’t agree with Fox news enough I clicked no and bounced off to search the validity.

    Recent hoax said it was a deadly stunt while shooting bad boys 3.

  11. Mobolaji

    February 21, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I got the facebook message that Will Smith was dead, but instead of clicking on the news and video links, I decided to google it, I’m so glad he’s still alive.

  12. modupe

    February 19, 2014 at 1:10 am

    that was very sick of the guys who posted that article.

  13. Chika joe

    February 18, 2014 at 6:41 am

    I know it’s a lie when i heard it. My day almost go sour the day the news broked out. Will, declare yourself to us your FANS via the press.

  14. phillips

    February 18, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Does it mean that hoax can not be sued. how can they someone is dead when he is still alive

  15. carolyn sweetthang gloveR

    February 17, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Stop telling lies about people being dead, get yourself some help, who the hell you are, you sick puppy. !!!

  16. eddie king

    February 17, 2014 at 6:31 am

    to all will smith fans. will smith is alife is jus the lies of the devil if hes really death stations like CNN and BBC,VOA etc will carries the news its all fake news from the pit of hell. thank you

  17. Kim

    February 14, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Ran into a FaceBook Status of the MediaFetcher one mentioned here and rather then clicking it i went to google and found it to be false 2/14/2014

  18. Janet Paxina

    February 12, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    i pray it is not the truth i have loved Will Smith
    since kinder garden.

  19. Aschlin

    February 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I don’t think he is dead. It’s only a rumour!

  20. Jennifer Angrimson

    February 7, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    People need to stop posting such articles. Even a hoax scares loyal fans. So they really need to stop!!!! The site would stop if they were given a huge fine… Hit em where it hurts and it will stop!!!!

  21. thobile

    January 23, 2014 at 2:57 am

    I was also shocked while one of my friend told me abt Will Smith death and thank God if it not true I’m a big fan

  22. Zanele

    January 22, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I was shocked when I heard about will Smith death

  23. Zanele

    January 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Will Smith is not dead

  24. venessa

    January 21, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I am a big fan of will smith but i lnow that he is not dead and is still alive

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