Everyone can let out a big sigh of relief, because no, Morgan Freeman isn't dead even though people across the country today mourned the beloved actor's passing. Turns out it was all just a big ridiculous Internet hoax.
It started with one simple tweet: "RT@CNN:Breaking News: actor Morgan Freeman has passed away in his Burbank home." If you're not familiar with Twitter terms, the RT stands for re-tweet, which is supposed to mean a user is re-posting what someone else posted. The fact that it was originally (supposedly) posted by CNN gave news of Freeman's death legit legs, and it started a viral fire of death.
Soon other reliable sources, like Live NewsWire, started re-tweeting the news, and Morgan Freeman was killed over and over by Twitter though he's still very much alive and well.
CNN stated on its Twitter page that it never posted the original tweet:
CNN did not report Morgan Freeman death. Rumor is false. CNN will aggressively investigate this hoax.
He's apologized, via Twitter, of course.
I make cruel and vulgar jokes & I won't apologize for my sense of humor, but I do apologize for crossing the line
I'm a huge fan of Morgan Freeman and I wish him the best in all future endeavors
But that doesn't seem like nearly enough, especially because he's basking in the adoration of all of his new followers and the attention his tweet has brought him. Never mind those who loved Freeman who were taken on an unnecessary emotional farce today.
I hope the bored, needs-to-get-a-life, unoriginal whack job gets punished harshly ... or at the very least is cursed with constant computer viruses for life.
What punishment do you think is fitting for someone who spreads false rumors like this online?
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