On February 23, 2015, rumors of Beyoncé’s death circulated across social media after a fake article altered to look like a CNN report began to surface.
The article’s headline read, “Music Sensation Beyonce Knowles Dies in Car Crash.”
According to Gossip Cop, the article claimed that Beyoncé died in a car accident while on her way back from a meeting with one of her executives.
The article also added that there has been no further news from either her husband or her family. This news spread like wildfire, with thousands of fans being fooled by the fake story.
The fake news article was only perpetuated by a tweet from a non-affiliated account, @CnnNewsFacts, which read, “BREAKING NEWS: BEYONCE WAS INVOLVED IN A HORRIFIC CAR CRASH! #RIPBeyonce.”
The tweet contained a picture of Paul Walker’s fatal car accident, making the situation even more gruesome. The tweet has since been deleted.
The fake news story caused panic among Beyoncé’s fans, with many taking to social media to express their condolences and grief over her supposed death.
However, representatives for Beyoncé were quick to issue statements denying the rumors and confirming that the singer was alive and well.
The fake article’s origin is unknown, but it is suspected to have been created as a cruel prank by someone seeking attention or trying to cause a stir.
In recent years, death hoaxes have become increasingly common, with numerous celebrities falling victim to them.
Beyoncé is one of the most successful musicians of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide.
She is known for her powerful vocals, dynamic performances, and empowering lyrics.
She has won numerous awards throughout her career, including 28 Grammy Awards, making her the most awarded female artist in Grammy history.
Beyoncé is also known for her philanthropic work, having founded the BeyGOOD initiative, which aims to provide education, clean water, and access to basic necessities to people in need.
She has also been involved in numerous charitable causes, including hurricane relief efforts in her hometown of Houston, Texas.