Did Eminem Die in a Car Crash?

Rumors About the Famous Rapper

Eminem Dies in Fatal Car Accident
One of several fake news stories reporting that rap singer Eminem is dead. Screen shot of fake news site

Since the early 2000s, when he released his Grammy Award-winning albums "The Marshall Mathers LP" and "The Eminem Show," rumors have circulated about the death of rapper Eminem (also known as Marshall Mathers). Eminem was not the first recording artist to become the victim of a celebrity death hoax. In the 1960s, Beatles frontman Paul McCartney was rumored to have died and been replaced with a lookalike.

Conspiracy theorists pointed to supposed clues in the Beatles' lyrics and album artwork, which they claimed were evidence that McCartney had died in a traffic accident in 1966.

Sound familiar? In 2000, a similar story began circulating on the internet about Eminem, claiming that the rapper was on his way to a late-night party when he was killed in a car crash. Although the story was false, it appeared on several web pages disguised as genuine news articles from CNN and MTV. Since that hit-and-run hoax, several more rumors have spread about Eminem—including one that the rapper was replaced by an Illuminati clone.

2000 Car Crash

A posting, falsely attributed to CNN, began circulating among AOL users:

December 15, 2000
Web posted at 6:12 a.m. EST (0012 GMT)

Rapper "Eminem" Dies in Car Accident.

Multi-platinum artist Marshall Mathers, known by the stage name "Eminem", was killed at 2:30AM EST while driving a rental car on his way to a late-night party.

Mathers, who authorities believe was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, was behind the wheel of a Saturn coupe that witnesses say swerved to avoid a slow moving vehicle, then lost control and slammed into a grove of trees.

The car was crumpled by the impact, making extraction of Mather's body very difficult. He was declared dead on the scene by paramedics who arriced a short time later.

Authorities would not comment on details surrounding the accident other than to confirm the identity of the victim.

Mathers was 26.

Though no legitimate news source reprinted the story, the rumor of Eminem's death spread across the internet. Some may have found it convincing since the year before, the rapper had stepped out of the limelight to enter a drug rehabilitation program, and some versions of the rumor said that he had been driving under the influence at the time of his fatal crash.

A denial was posted on Eminem's website:

Despite sick-minded ne'er do-well attempts to create a state of panic in this grand country by virtue of a well-crafted CNN.com fake news story prank, our beloved Slim Shady is alive and well. ... Marshall is alive and at home with his family for the holidays in Detroit. And he wishes all of you shady holidays and a dirty new year.

Illuminati Clone Rumor

The rumor that Eminem had died appeared again in 2006. This time, it came with some added details. Not only had the rapper been killed—in a car crash, according to some versions, or from a drug overdose according to others—but he had also been replaced by an Illuminati clone. Conspiracy theorists argued that the new Eminem looked much younger and had slightly different facial features.

And he wasn't the only clone. Conspiracy theorist Donald Marshall said that the Illuminati was running a whole celebrity cloning operation designed to take control of the most influential movie stars and music artists. No doubt Marshall also played some part in spreading the rumors that Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, and Beyoncé, too, are Illuminati clones.

2013 Stabbing

Yet another rumor of Eminem's (near) death surfaced in 2013, this time in a Facebook post exclaiming "Rapper Eminem left nearly DEAD after being stabbed 4 times in NYC!" Fact-checker Snopes reported that the post was part of a scam used to dupe users into taking an online survey.

Nevertheless, the story gained some traction, and a representative for the rapper was forced to assure the media that the story was "not true. He remains unstabbed."