Macaulay Culkin Found Dead at Age 34? It's a Hoax!

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As Shared on Facebook, Nov. 8, 2014:

Macaulay Culkin
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Description: Fake news / Hoax
Circulating since: Nov. 2014
Status: False (see details below)

Example:

Via http://msnbc.website, Nov. 8, 2014:

Breaking News: Macaulay Culkin Found Dead at Age 34

Sources are reporting that Macaulay Culkin, best known for his role as Kevin McCallister in Home Alone and sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, has been found dead at the age of 34.

Multiple unconfirmed reports say Culkin was found dead Friday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment after police responded to a wellness check requested by a family member.

At least one occupant of the Manhattan apartment confirmed the apartment belongs to Culkin but police have not confirmed the man's identity at this time.

"The apartment was exceptionally clean and we found no signs of abuse or foul-play so we are depending on the coroner to make a final ruling of what happened here today," said Det. James Patterson, of the Manhattan Police Department.

Born August 26, 1980, Culkin began acting at the tender age of four. At the height of his fame, he was regarded as the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple.

This story is still developing. More details will be made available once they emerge.


Analysis: ​

False. Home Alone actor Macaulay Culkin has not been reported dead by any official agencies or legitimate media sources. Despite the fact that it originated on a web page with the URL "http://msnbc.website," it's neither an actual news site nor does it have any connection with MSNBC News. According to its WHOIS listing, the domain name was registered barely a week before the article was published. Its owner has chosen to remain anonymous.

Portions of the text were copied verbatim from a previous hoax declaring that '80s "Brat Pack" actor Judd Nelson was found dead in his Los Angeles condo.

Nota bene: MediaMass.net is also a hoax.

Some venues are inaccurately reporting that the source of the Culkin death hoax was a Facebook page "with over one million likes" proclaiming that "our beloved actor Macaulay Culkin passed away." In point of fact, no such Facebook page exists, ​or existed. The erroneous reports are based on misinformation purveyed by yet another fake news website called MediaMass.net, which maintains scores of virtually identical pages pre-emptively debunking celebrity death hoaxes.

For example, the copy on the "Macaulay Culkin Dead 2014" page on MediaMass.net reads as follows:

Macaulay Culkin death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Macaulay Culkin’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American actor’s passing:

“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (November 06, 2014), our beloved actor Macaulay Culkin passed away. Macaulay Culkin was born on August 26, 1980 in New York. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”

Compare that to the copy on MediaMass.net's "George Clooney Dead 2104" page:

George Clooney death hoax spreads on Facebook

Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. George Clooney’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American actor’s passing:

“At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (November 06, 2014), our beloved actor George Clooney passed away. George Clooney was born on May 6, 1961 in Lexington. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”