Celebrity death hoaxes are not uncommon. The act of spreading rumours about the demise of popular figures goes way back. And the most recent one is popular TV actress Shweta Tiwari who rose to fame with Ekta Kapoor’s ‘Kasauti Zindagi Kay’.
Last week, social media buzzingly claimed Television actress Shweta Tiwari was dead and that Baba Ramdev had died in an accident on the Mumbai-Pune highway. Death hoaxes especially involving Bollywood celebrities, being among the most followed on earth, have also become victims of that. So on that note, here are the biggest death hoaxes Bollywood has faced.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
News about Aishwarya’s marital woes and disputes with Bachchan had already taken hold of fans last year. In December 2016, news surfaced on social media that Aishwarya had taken an overdose of tranquilisers due to constant quarrels with her family. The hoax started trending on social media and only stopped when reports started coming that she had been spotted at a party the very same night.
Big B has to be the favourite of miscreants behind distasteful death hoaxes. The news of the legend passing away was doing the rounds in January this year when a picture collage of Amitabh lying down and his son Abhishek rushing him to the hospital went viral. This was not the first time. The previous year, the fake new of Big B’s untimely death came as a rude shock to his fans.
Earlier this year, veteran Bollywood actress Farida Jalal became a victim of this baseless gossip. News spread of the demise of Jalal, and Farida had to give an interview to a media outlet to put a stop to the rumours. In remarks to her death hoax, Farida Jalal said, “I don’t know from where these baseless rumours are coming from. Initially I laughed, but from last 30 minutes my phone has been constantly ringing and everybody is asking the same question. It’s a bit irritating, I wonder why people spread such rumours.”
The nightingale of India was also a victim of the death hoax. After a false news story, people became frenzied on Twitter and started to offer condolences. Eventually, the legendary singer denied the rumours herself.
In 2011, Rajnikanth was hospitalised due to allergic bronchitis and viral infection. And that led to fake news story of the actor dying. Eventually, the actor’s wife came ahead and assured that Rajni was alive and well.
One of the best actors the country has ever had, Dilip Kumar was a victim of the death hoax on three separate occasions. Once the actor was declared dead via a WhatsApp message. Then, when he was hospitalised, there were fake reports about his death. And he fell prey to this Ponzi scheme after Arpita Khan’s wedding.
Popular TV actress Shweta Tiwari was roped into the long list of celebrity death hoax rumors when a Fan Page of actress Sakshi Tanwar posted a short condolence message that went viral on the internet and also worried her family. The post read, “I feel very sad and shocked on knowing that Shweta Tiwari of Kasautii Zindagi Kay lost the battle with life and is no more. RIP Shweta. Balaji Telefilms and the whole team will miss you…” Shweta’s husband Abhinav Kohli got really worried and contacted her since she was away from home.