English comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson aka Mr Bean is feared to be dead with reports of the 62-year-old actor getting killed in a car crash on March 18, 2017. This piece of ghastly shocking news is FALSE. The disturbing news of Rowan Atkinson’s death went viral after a Twitter handle posing as US broadcaster Fox News spread the Rowan Atkinson death hoax and duped users into clicking on a malicious link. The immensely talented actor seems to be online mischief’s hot favourite as the search engine is flooded with ‘Rowan Atkinson Dead’ queries. The latest antic of pronouncing Mr Bean actor’s dead was shared and liked more than 300,000 times with many RIP Mr Bean messages flooding the social media. Amitabh Bachchan Dead, this time on Facebook? Megastar’s death hoax goes viral with this old picture of Big B!
The controversial tweet concerning Rowan Atkinson read: “FOX BREAKING NEWS : Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) died at 58 after car accident. -March 18, 2017.” Kindly, note that they have got the age of the actor wrong. Rowan Atkinson born on January 6, 1955, is 62 years of age. The Johnny English actor was paid tributes and inconsolable fans offered condolences. Atkinson’s fan pages on the social media got ultra active writing obituaries in the honour of great actor and human being.
Website Hoax Alert though quickly rebuffed the death claims and said: “Celebrity death hoaxes are nothing new on the internet yet this one is special in that it managed to be liked/shared over 300,000 times in a short period of time by employing some devious technical tricks.” They further added, “The first one is the video player embedded in the site. At first sight this is just a normal YouTube video from a Fox News broadcast (which is about a death but not about Rowan Atkinson).”
This is not the first time when Rowan Atkinson find himself become the target of hoaxers. In July 2016 it was falsely reported that the British star has committed suicide after “battling severe depression”. We wonder what does the funny man has to say to become a death hoax victim for the successive year. Being the great actor he is, we could hear him brush off his death news in true Mr Bean style.
On the acting front, Rowan Atkinson reprises Mr Bean role for Chinese film Top Funny Comedian: The Movie. The actor is doing a cameo as Mr. Bean, better known as Mr Foolish Bean in China. After his character was seen vacationing in France in the movie Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Mr Bean is now on his latest vacation to China where he would be using an iPhone to snap ornate sculptures.