Ignore the Internet: Ford, Goldblum Not Dead

Internet pranksters capitalize on other celebrity deaths with new hoax
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2009 9:22 AM CDT
Harrison Ford waves to fans as he arrives for the premiere of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in Tokyo, Thursday, June 5, 2008.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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(Newser) – In the wake of Farrah Fawcett’s and Michael Jackson’s deaths yesterday, someone got carried away and reported the demise of Harrison Ford and Jeff Goldblum, too. Turns out those news bulletins were the work of Internet pranksters, reports the New York Daily News. “Reports that Jeff Goldblum has passed away are completely untrue,” said his publicist. “He is fine and in Los Angeles.”

The hoaxters suggested Goldblum fell to his death while filming in New Zealand, while Ford disappeared on a boat in the French Riviera. Coincidentally, the actors are in the midst of filming Morning Glory, scheduled for release in 2010. Similar pranks targeted Tom Hanks in 2006 and Tom Cruise in 2008; Snopes.com points the finger at websites that allow users to automatically generate fake celebrity death scenarios.