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Morgan Freeman died on Twitter, but is alive




Contrary to popular belief, Morgan Freeman is not dead. No, it looks like Twitter is responsible for yet another faux celebrity death. Wow, it's a good thing journalism is being democratized by the Internet!

E! Online notes that the original message that was splashed all over the microblogging site Thursday -- "RT @CNN: Breaking News: actor Morgan Freeman has passed away in his Burbank home<< wow legendary actor #RIPmorganfreeman" -- came not from the network, but from some guy named C.J. Wiley, who posted it as an inside joke via @originalcjizzle. "CNN did not report Morgan Freeman death. Rumor is false. CNN will aggressively investigate this hoax," the network responded via @CNN. What are they going to do? Sue the Internet?

Wiley apologized on Twitter for his joke getting a bit blown out of proportion, since the rumor became so popular it hit the trending topics Thursday evening, adding he sent a written apology to the New York Post (or at least, someone who said they were from the New york Post). "Apologies to Mr. Freeman and @CNN , but it seems like I inadvertently exposed how erroneous the media can be," he wrote Friday. Well, Twitter counts as media, we suppose.

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[Last modified: Friday, December 17, 2010 5:41pm]


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