They’re not dropping like non-flies


I don’t know if it’s something in the water or if the media is having a meltdown but for the second time this week there’s been report of a dead celeb that contains one rather problematic inaccuracy: the celeb in question is still alive.
A few days ago it was Jeff Goldblum who was falsely rumoured to have shuffled off his mortal coil and this time around 80s pop star Rick Astley was the subject of a bizarre online joke.

Of course with the recent run of deaths (David Carradine, Ed McMahon, then Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson both on the same day) I suppose we’re all ready to believe the next installment.

However, at this rate the Hollywood obit writers will run out of things to say by the time these people really go for good.

I must admit to being a tad intrigued when I looked at the “most popular stories” list on the Stuff news website last Friday and saw:

  • Michael Jackson dead
  • Farrah Fawcett dead
  • Jeff Goldblum alive

What next, I wondered, are they going to list every celebrity who still has a pulse? After reading the story I came to the conclusion it might have been better if they’d said something that actually clarified there were rumours about his death and those rumours were false.

Anyway, Rick Astley is alive and kicking and available for weddings and Rickrollings.

There have been some particularly exciting headline on the subject, such as: “Rick Astley, not dead

Now that’s classy.

PS: Maybe I should have headlined this “40-something blogger Jillian Allison-Aitken, not an independently wealthy, semi-retired supermodel”


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