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Celebrities Keep “Dying” On The Internet

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Musician Jon Bon Jovi poses for a photo during the "New Year's Eve" premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on December 7, 2011 in New York City.  (Source: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Musician Jon Bon Jovi poses for a photo during the “New Year’s Eve” premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on December 7, 2011 in New York City. (Source: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Mark Twain, living long before the Internet age, didn’t know the half of it.

Just ask Jon Bon Jovi.

Reports on Twitter said the rocker had been found in a coma and then died of cardiac arrest.

Bon Jovi responded with a picture of himself in front of a Christmas Tree holding a note, dated yesterday, joking that “heaven looks a lot like New Jersey.”

The day before, tweeters were atwitter, worried Lil’ Kim had died. Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was among those who somehow confused the rapper with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. I’m really not making this up.

Tweeters also said Carlos Santana had died. That apparently started because he looks like Moammar Qaddafi.

And Will Smith supposedly fell to his death in New Zealand last May.

Those are just some of the greatly exaggerated reports of celebrity deaths on Twitter, where facts need not apply.

On the other hand, some of you will remember the “Paul is dead” rumors. Those went on for years in the sixties… if the Internet had been around then, the Beatle could have done what Bon Jovi did and killed the rumors overnight.

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