Jack Black Latest Victim of Celebrity Death Hoax
No, Jack Black isn’t dead. The School of Rock star is just the latest celebrity to fall victim to a death hoax.
Early Saturday morning, the official account of Tenacious D, a comedy rock group featuring Black and partner Stan Gass, tweeted, “I’m sad to officially announce the death of Jack Black at the age of 46, rest in peace brother.” This was followed by several other tweets in the next few hours, some featuring the hashtag #RipJackBlack.
But the unfunny hacker was surprised to find that Tenacious D fans did not respond with an outpouring of tributes, but rather were skeptical from the beginning that Black had actually passed.
Just two hours later, Tenacious D collaborator Jon Konesky tweeted that the account had been hacked, and reports of Black’s death were completely untrue.
The hacker confessed soon after, and Tenacious D regained control of their account soon after.
Celebrity death hoaxes have become a common occurrence. They could be perpetrated as a cruel prank, or to drive traffic to illegitimate websites that profit off of ad revenue. Hoaxes have “claimed the lives” of Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, and Brittney Spears, just to name a few. Black himself had already been the subject of a few.
Around the same time Tenacious D’s account was hacked, the account of deceased Jackass star Ryan Dunn was also hacked and began tweeting. One tweet was retweeted by the hacked Tenacious D account. It’s unclear if the two hacks are connected.
[via NY Daily News]