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Jaden Smith made headlines last month after it was reported that he committed suicide, making many fans lose their minds. Will his father Will Smith and mother Jada-Pinkett Smith sue someone over this?
The said post was even shared a number of times on social media sites, especially on Facebook, which made some fans believe that the 18-year-old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith has finally ended his life.
Speculations about the reason of his alleged death were also talked about.
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Of course, it was proven wrong as it was underscored that it was just a hoax made by someone or some website.
In the said post, CNN was even used as the source for it to look legitimate and encourage Facebook users to click the link. According to Snopes, when users clicked on the link, a pop-up message appeared asking them to give permission for a certain Facebook app to post on their behalf.
Dead hoax on the internet is no longer new and Jaden Smith is not the first-ever victim. In fact, prior to him, British actor Rowan Atkinson was also reported to be dead.
The other victims of fake death stories were Miley Cyrus (she allegedly got figured in an accident on the “Hannah Montana” set in 2008), Tom Cruise (who allegedly died after a car accident in 2013) and Michael Jordan (who reportedly died early this year).
Meanwhile, Independent UK reported that the propagation of fake news, such as the Jaden Smith death hoax, “seems unassailable.”
It was pointed out that by merely labeling a report as “satire” in its disclaimer, it has appeared “sufficient to head off legal challenges, and the snowballing viral effect is sufficient to crush debunking voices.”
Considering how young the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith is, and how grave the suicide accusation is, they surely have enough reason to sue whoever started this. Are they filing a lawsuit against the Jaden Smith death hoax creators?