News Flash: Rue McClanahan Is Still Dead

For the second year in a row, the Internet was fooled

"I can't believe this is happening to me again!" (Flickr)
“I can’t believe this is happening to me again!” (Flickr)

A lot of well-known people died on Thursday, including wrestler Dusty Rhodes, saxophonist Ornette Coleman and actors Ron Moody and Christopher Lee.

But Twitter went into a real tizzy when news broke that Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan had passed away as well:

As heartwarming as this sympathy was, there’s one problem with it: Ms. McClanahan died five years ago.

The actress, who played the promiscuous Blanche Devereaux on the classic NBC sitcom. died of a stroke on June 3, 2010.

Some less gullible Twitter users corrected their confused counterparts, while adding some black humor:

What’s even more amazing about the hoax is this isn’t the first time it happened. A cadre of confused tweeters also shared Ms. McClanahan’s obituary last year:

Come on, guys—the Golden Girls theme song wasn’t “Thank You For Being A Fiend.” News Flash: Rue McClanahan Is Still Dead