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Reese Witherspoon Stabbed to Death? Celebrity Death Hoaxes Strike Twitter Again

After a pleasant lull, celebrity death hoaxes on social networking Web site Twitter seem to be making a comeback. This time they targetted pregnant actress Reese Witherspoon. The Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama star, insensitive tweets claimed, had died twice over - once in a vicious stabbing and the second time of natural causes.

Witherspoon's name was already trending at the time of the hoaxes because of discussions over her new film The Beard. Predictably, when word of her supposed death leaked, fans were confused and angry.

"Reese Witherspoon is dead?! What??" @Braaaandii tweeted.

"can't believe reese witherspoon is actually dead, my god..." @ilovetea_x exclaimed.

Some others were moved to even greater expressions of sorrow.

"If Reese Witherspoon is actually dead I will sob for days on end.#Noooo" WHAT?!?!?" @All_Royal tweeted.

Fortunately for the actress' fans, some users came forward to debunk the rumour and calm the Internet.

"Reese Witherspoon is not dead, everyone#disgustinglies," @jencrossthwaite wrote.

"@Jessica_Jane_L you know you have made it big time when you start having death rumours, Reese Witherspoon is NOT DEAD," Jessica Jane Lewis said.

Meanwhile, more aggressive fans took it on themselves to attack the unidentified origin of these tweets.

"So you still havn't proved that Reese Witherspoon is dead????" @Queezy_Q tweeted.

Rumours of her Death Were Greatly Exaggerated

The truth was that the actress (and her unborn child) were both absolutely fine and, in fact, was seen shopping with husband Jim Toth at Whole Foods in Santa Monica, California, when the news of her death broke. Incidentally, this is the third time Witherspoon has been linked to a fake death by stabbing! The previous two occasions were in 2006 and 2010.

Taylor Swift Too?

Staying with this gruesome trend, E!Online reported that American singer Taylor Swift has also become the subject of a death hoax on Twitter. The fake news stated the country singer was found dead in her residence. The news was swiftly rebutted by Gossip Cop.

Meanwhile, similar hoaxes hit Twitter in April - this time focusing on R&B singer Usher, claiming the 33 year old died in a car crash. Usher responded to the news by tweeting a photograph of himself with the message: "I must've died and went to heaven...Alive and cold kickin a**!!"

"Never scared, never dead...Just #Lookin 4 myself. Livin legend!" he added.

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Is Reese Witherspoon Dead? Stabbing Death Rumors Sweep Twitter

The Internet erupted Wednesday with rumors that actress Reese Witherspoon was dead after being stabbed, but it appears that the reports of her death were greatly exaggerated. 

There were actually two false death claims on Wednesday, as Twitter exploded with reports that she was stabbed, and that she died of natural causes. It is likely that the reason the blond starlet was singled out for threats today is the fact that her name has been trending throughout the Internet all day, as buzz builds for her upcoming romantic comedy, "The Beard."

Twitter messages ran the gamut as the rumor spread, with many people expressing shock and sadness over Reese Witherspoon's supposed death.

For instance, Twitter user @ilovetea_x tweeted the following Wednesday evening: "can't believe reese witherspoon is actually dead, my god.."

But not everyone was fooled. A number of Twitter users instead questioned the rumor, which does not seem to have any basis in reality.

Twitter user @edensavyex tweeted the following Wednesday evening: "is reese witherspoon dead ?!?!"

That post suggests a true concern about the beloved actress of "Walk the Line" and "Legally Blonde" fame, but also offers a healthy serving of doubt, as you really can't be,lieve everything you read on the Internet, especially if you're getting your information from Twitter or other open social media sites.

And some have been fooled too many times by Twitter death hoaxes, and immediately deemed the claims of Reese Witherspoon's passing to be straight-up lies, as did Twitter user @L4UR4DRUMMOND, who offered up the following tweet: "reese witherspoon ain't dead you weirdos."

So there you have it, yet another celebrity death hoax hits Twitter, and this time it was aimed directly at Reese Witherspoon, on a day filled with conversation about her upcoming role in "The Beard." 

It's not a huge shock that someone like her could be the target of such irresponsible rumors, however, as many other celebrities have been hit with similar rumors

Remy Ma, Eddie Murphy, Kanye West, Jeff Goldblum, Britney Spears, Morgan Freeman, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, Kim Jong-Un, Phil Collins, Gotye, Pitbull, Usher, Robin Williams, Keke Palmer, Patrick Dempsey, Chingy, Paul McCartney, Rowan Atkinson, Madonna, Soulja Boy, Adele, Demi Moore, Jon Bon Jovi, Cher, Tony Danza, Jackie Chan, Hugh Hefner, Mick Jagger, and numerous other celebrities have found themselves at the mercy of Internet pranksters who claimed that they were dead on Twitter, usually by getting a tweet starting with "R.I.P." or "RIP" and a celeb's name to go viral on social media sites, especiallyTwitter.

Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) | Twitter

Sending big birthday wishes to this remarkably talented woman!?Meryl, it was an absolute dream getting to work with you on #BigLittleLies.??

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