Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rick Astley - dead? The Star Malaysia gets suckered... I mean Rickrolled!

Am on the way to Hard Rock Cafe for the launch of Disagree's album. Got a message from a friend. Apparently, The Star flashed this piece of news to its subscribers via SMS. The original link - CLICK HERE (update - this was removed roughly at 3.30pm. Guess someone from The Star realise they were duped!)

1980s pop icon Rick Astley, 43, found dead in Berlin hotel room

BERLIN: Known for his 1980s pop hit Never Gonna Give You Up, 43-year-old Rick Astley has been pronounced dead Tuesday.

His body was found at the Angleterre Hotel in Berlin after an ambulance responded to an emergency call from his hotel room.

Astley was found unconscious in his hotel bedroom and was unable to be resuscitated. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Astley was in the middle of a concert tour that would have ended in late August of 2009. He was to return to the United Kingdom at that time. -- AP

While it claims its news source from AP, a search on AP's site revealed no such news. This site claims that the news initially was flash on CNN's iReport. Seeing that the site flashes user submitted, unedited news, it's supposed to be fake, Here's one of the news flashes on the site - CLICK HERE.

According to a user on the site,Rick Astley left Berlin about a week ago, and his last show was in Norway and he was to head from there to Denmark. So why Germany is anyone's guess. According to his website too, apparently he is NOT and has a total of one show scheduled for all of July. The original iReport about this was also supposedly removed from the website.

So this points to a hoax. Which brings us to :
1. Why didn't The Star check on this before flashing it.
2. Why are there people circulating rumours of death. It's just not funny.



PS - Rick has 'died' before. Last year. Watch the video below dated August 2008. Why are there people intent on killing him off???

PPS - In conclusion - the news that Rick Astley is dead, is as true as as the Michael Jackson autopsy report. Boo!
So for fans of any of these people - Rick Astley, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Natalie Portman, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Jeff Goldblum, and Lil Wayne. They're all alive and kicking and are just victims of neverending death hoax jobs. You would think a reputable news agency would verify stuff like that before flashing it... oh well..


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2 comments:

my colleagues at the sun were talking about it as well :p thank god they fact checked and didn't get fooled into it. i saw a site which spread the so called death hox rumours. so not funny

pretty stupid if you ask me.LOL!