No, Newman from “Seinfeld” was not killed in a tragic tractor accident over the weekend, no matter how much Jerry would probably like that.
The actor Wayne Knight was killed off in an elaborate fake news report that originated on a bogus Us Weekly site over the weekend. It was reprinted by another site masquerading as TMZ and another site that wants you to think it is Buzzfeed.
“Knight…is dead and two other passengers are critically injured after their vehicle slammed into a disabled semi-tractor-trailer late Saturday night along Route 446 near the Pennsylvania-New York state border in Eldred Township,” the oddly detailed report claimed.
The story also featured a REALLY badly Photoshopped image of a Mercedes with its hood smashed in and an overkill of details about the accident.
Knight cleared up the rumors on Sunday:
Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, but….I am alive and well!
— Wayne Knight (@iWayneKnight) March 16, 2014
Knight is apparently the first celebrity death hoax of 2014. Recently, Cher, Bon Jovi, Frankie Muniz, Kel Mitchell and Val Kilmer have all been killed by the Internet.