Rowan Atkinson was the latest celebrity to fall victim of a serious of death hoaxes that have turned up on Twitter with an ominous “RIP” stamp before a famous name.
Rowan Atkinson is just one celebrity to be declared dead by a Twitter hoax, just for the sake of entertainment, but at the expense of fans and their families.
The rumor of the popularly known Mr. Bean character became viral on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Angry with such insane tweets, American singer Justin Bieber wrote: “R.I.P Rowan Atkinson: Stop joking. Remember he’s Mr.Bean – who was a part of your childhood and grew up with you. RT to show your respect.”
Surprisingly, Wikipedia even believed it for a few minutes. The internet encyclopedia, Wiki, can be edited and updated by anyone, hence, an anonymous someone updated the actor’s page as “born 6 January 1955- 26 February 2012”. Just five minutes later another user removed the fake death status.
Now that the hoax has taken a bad shape with people criticizing such actions to a greater extent, the trickster who started the hoax has tweeted an apology for his actions.
“Shutting down now. Sorry guys, RIP Rowan Atkinson was just a joke. Sorry for that matter, I never thought it would be that viral. We<3MrBean," Michael Robert Meras wrote. Michael, from the Philippines, started the rumor Sunday, around 11 a.m. He tweeted, "RIP Rowan Atkinson," and within an hour it became a trending topic on internet. "R.I.P. Rowan atkinson is trending on Twitter, this is just cruel. Why doesn't Twitter ban people from doing this?," Barry Stuart wrote. "R.I.P Rowan Atkinson? Really? The guy who played Mr. Bean and made you laugh till you cried? Grow up you immature idiots," Henna tweeted. Another user Noémie wrote, "I was very scared when I saw R.I.P Rowan Atkinson !! Mr Bean is a legend, respect him !!" "R.I.P Rowan Atkinson? Really people? Not cool. He's my idol. Legend," a user George King wrote. "R.I.P Rowan Atkinson i wish Twitter would stop killing famous people he's NOT dead at all!!," a user said.