Judd Nelson Lives! Actor Debunks Latest Internet Celebrity Death Hoax
The Internet is the most incredible tool for the spread of information human beings have ever created. Unfortunately, it’s also the most incredible tool for the spread of misinformation too.
From 9/11 truthers to Obama birthers, there is an unlimited number of lies, crackpot conspiracy theories, and straight up hoaxes on the World Wide Web.
One of the most common is the celebrity death hoax.
Everyone from Seinfeld’s Wayne Knight and Jim Carrey, to Eddie Murphy and Jon Bon Jovi, have had news of their premature demises spread online.
The latest victim of the “death hoax” is actor Judd Nelson.
Nelson, 55, best know for the role of John Bender in the John Hughes classic “The Breakfast Club,” was reported dead this morning by hoax website “foxnews.es.” The story immediately went viral, garnering over 130,000 Facebook “likes.”
According to the story, “Multiple unconfirmed reports say Nelson was found dead Saturday evening in his Los Angeles condo, Sierra Towers after police responded to a 911 call for an unconscious man around 9:25 p.m.” (I’m not going to link to it because they don’t deserve the traffic.)
Imagine Nelson’s surprise when he awoke this morning to find himself dead. He handled it like you’d expect John Bender to – like a boss.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 26, 2014
He sent a picture of himself, very much alive, to his agent, and had him send it to the Los Angeles Times. He was holding that day’s edition of the Times. His agent, Gregg Klein, wrote, “Reports of Judd Nelson’s death are not accurate please see attached photo.”
If Principal Vernon couldn’t bring down Judd Nelson, no Internet hoax will either. Rock on, Bender, we haven’t, and we won’t forget about you.