A recent hoax put a momentary state of shock among Jaden Smith’s family, friends and fans, as reports of his death circulated in the Internet. The unofficial news reported that Jaden, son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, died in an apparent suicide. A tweet with the fake headline can be seen below.
FOX LIVE NEWS UPDATE – Jaden Smith Son of Will Smith Commit Suicide After Announcing That He Is… https://t.co/Ae9SCtw7yw
— Rikk Brummet (@ricketypix) July 29, 2016
The reports were immediately disproven, though, by website, Snopes, who was able to expose that the suicide hoax was just used to bait users to click on a link that will lead them into downloading unwanted apps. These apps included “Top Feeds” and “Gadgy Land,” among others. Snopes also revealed that this style of marketing is used by some online companies to try and dupe users into clicking their links.
Angered Jaden Smith fans immediately took to their social media platforms to refute the bogus rumor, warning users not to click on any of the links or run the risk of infecting their devices with unwanted malware.
FYI – If you see a link on FB reporting that #JadenSmith has committed suicide … DONT click on it. You'll get a Malware virus instead ☠☠☠
— Mean Mr. Gene🇨🇦 (@MeanMrGene) July 30, 2016
False alarm. Jaden is fine and didn't harm himself. Some people will do anything for hits on a website. Smh #JadenSmith
— Governor Peterson® (@peterocksteady) July 30, 2016
One fan even posted a video, venting her frustration at the news and some of the reactions of people who thought that the suicide hoax was funny.
This is not the first time Smith has been involved in a suicide hoax story. In 2011, when he was only twelve years old, an alleged report claimed that he passed away due to a snowboarding accident in Switzerland.
Jaden Smith has since let all these death rumors to rest, recently sharing a photo that shows he is alive and well, via twitter.
He has also been busy working on his first solo album these past few months, which is rumored to include collaborative work with Kanye West. This, along with a Louis Vuitton modeling gig and an upcoming NetFlix Series are just some of the things keeping the celebrity busy.
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