Recent news articles about FakeAWish.com
Victim: Adam Sandler...
Source: Tonight Show with Jay Leno - February 2011
Victim: Charlie Sheen, Adam Sandler & Others...
Source: Josh Grossberg - EOnline December 2010
Quote : He points out that he's careful to make sure the deaths are on the outlandish side-i.e., they don't involve drugs or alcohol but usually are "unfortunate accidents" that occur in some faraway place that gives it just a hint of plausibility. So don't credit him for spreading that false rumor of Aretha Franklin's passing this week. "That didn't come from me. But I think it was done with a higher degree of poor taste," Hoover says. "When I craft these templates, you're not gonna find a suicide template and things like that."(full article)
Victim: Zach Braff & Others...
Source: (Aus) The Sunday Morning Herald October 2009
Quote : Hoaxer who hoovers the life from celebs. For a man who makes his living out of slaughtering celebrities and distributing internet porn, Rich Hoover has a surprisingly well-tuned moral compass. His website, FakeAWish.com, has been hoaxing the internet and media with bogus news reports for about a decade, but the deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett in June and the rise of social media have kicked his site into overdrive. "I think people who are offended take themselves too seriously, and I think it's been a bit of egg on the face of mass media but also a wake-up call at the same time to check your sources, man."(full article)
Victim: Jeff Goldblum, George Clooney, and others...
Source: NT Times July 2009
Quote : Death by Cliff Plunge, With a Push From Twitter. Twitter may have been the messenger, but most of the rumors did not originate there. The hoax trifecta of Mr. Goldblum, Mr. Ford and Mr. Clooney started at a prank Web site called Fake a Wish, which offers visitors a template to generate outlandish stories about the actor or actress of their choice. Think of it as macabre Mad Libs for the crowdsourcing era. "I'd be lying if I said there wasn't some twisted sense of satisfaction or accomplishment," said Mr. Hoover(full article)
Victim: Jeff Goldblum, Natalie Portman, George Clooney, Britney Spears, Harrison Ford and Rick Astley
Source: CNN.com July 2009
Quote : A fake story that appears to have been generated by the site claimed that Portman had died after falling off a cliff in New Zealand. But while a small disclaimer tells readers the story is false, Hoover said many Twitter and Facebook users re-post links after reading only a story headline. --- article goes on to read... "I don't think there's much good to say about somebody who would joke about something serious like that. It's unfortunate."(full article)
Victim: Jeff Goldblum Confirms Own Death
Source: Colbert Report June 2009
Victim: Jeff Goldblum & Harrison Ford
Source: NyDailyNews Jun 2009
Quote : Reports of Jeff Goldblum's and Harrison Ford's deaths are grossly exaggerated.
Victim: Tom Cruise
Source: Reuters Oct 2008
Quote : Tom Cruise death report is "erroneous garbage"
Victim: Tom Cruise
Source: Otago Daily Times - Oct 2008
Quote : widespread internet reports the film star has died... are just a tasteless spoof
Victim: Aishwarya Rai
Source: dnaIndia.com May 2006
Quote : An American spoof site, which reported that film star Aishwarya Rai had died in a car accident, sent Indians in the US into a tizzy on Wednesday. This page "published" a "breaking story" on May 24, attributed to a news agency called Global Associated News, stating that Rai had been driving a friend's vehicle on Interstate 80 in the US when the accident happened. The report added that "memorial services for Aishwarya Rai have not yet been announced. The service is expected to be a closed casket funeral due to the severe head trauma." The "news report" was a result of a clever piece of software on a site called www.fakeawish.com meant for surprising friends with practical jokes.
Victim: Michael Vick
Source: CNN April 2004
Quote : A story that contends that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is gay is a hoax. But that has not stopped the tale from making the Internet rounds, nor Vick from discussing it.
Victim: Michael Jackson (suicide overdose)
Source: TheSun.Co.UK April 2004
Quote : But it was revealed to be a hoax when Jacko's spokesman said the star was fine and fumed: It's a lie. Michael is safe and well. This is just a rumour that came out of London. We are not happy about it at all.