A death hoax for rock band Tenacious D’s front man and actor Jack Black has been put down to vicious Twitter hackers, the band said.
Fans were shocked as the official account for the band tweeted Black had died at 46 on Sunday to its 149,000 followers, sending a viral chain of speculation and confusion as to the circumstances of his passing after performing in Germany just days prior.
“Sad to officially announce the death of Jack Black at the age of 46, rest in peace brother,” the first tweet read. It was backed up by two more which have all since been deleted, claiming “the cause of death is yet unknown” and “RIP Jack.”
The band confirmed hackers had taken over in a follow-up tweet.
A guitar player with the band, John Konesky followed the statement on his own account.
“Real Tenancious D’s Twitter feed was hacked…That stuff isn’t true, they’re working on fixing it,” he told his followers yesterday.
Fans rapidly expressed their relief.
Fake celebrity deaths are by no means a new phenomenon, and Black himself has been subject to other hoaxes.
In 2012, an online hoax claimed he had fallen off a cliff in New Zealand, while another in 2014 reported that he died from a stroke.
He joins the likes of Morgan Freeman, Britney Spiers, Justin Bieber and soccer player Francis Jeffers as targets for online death hoaxes.
In a reversal of the situation, obsessed fans of rapper Tupac Shakur spent years in denial about the musician’s death – with various rumours and conspiracy theories denying he had been shot and killed in 1996.