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Morgan Freeman died on Twitter, but is alive

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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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