Reba McEntire “Alive and Well” Following Internet Hoax

Reba McEntire is “alive and well” after becoming the latest celebrity to fall victim to a death hoax that spread via the Internet. The Global Associated News website, which includes a disclaimer that its reports are “a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes,” distributed the story Monday night (Jan. 30). The false report claimed McEntire “fell more than 100 feet to her death” while filming a movie in a remote area of Austria. In a statement posted on her official website, a spokesperson said, “Contrary to ludicrous reports, Reba has not passed away, nor was she even in Austria at the time of her alleged death. Global Associated News, who devised this latest celebrity hoax, is an entertainment site that generates ’totally fake articles based on zero truth.’ Reba is alive and well but would like to thank her loyal fans for their concern.” Global Associated News allows its website visitors to enter a celebrity’s name to create a story that is “dynamically generated using a generic ’template’ and is not factual.” The site has created other death hoax stories mentioning actors Will Smith, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy and golfer Tiger Woods.