Online rumormongers are sending stars to their premature demise at an alarming rate lately, turning two age-old human obsessions — death and fame — into their own ultramodern form of entertainment. Bieber and Lautner are the most recent victims, and their ''deaths'' came with elaborate scenarios perpetuated by message boards, YouTube video tributes, fake screen shots made to look like real news sources, and anonymous postings on legitimate hubs like CNN's iReport.com (which subsequently pulled the Bieber story). And in the past six months, at least a dozen celebrities have pretend-passed in fantastically fabricated stories, including George Clooney, Natalie Portman, Miley Cyrus, and Zach Braff, plus Jaclyn Smith, who suffered a particularly gruesome suicide rumor.Honestly, what is wrong with fans that would want to write up a fictional tale of their famous star dying? And really, if some of these stars are so innocent (Justin Bieber was supposedly killed in an altercation at a night club) why are their fans believing stupid crap about them? Read the article to learn about poor Justin Bieber, 15 years old, meeting an early demise by visiting a night club in Chicago. The bouncer won't let him in so he pulls out a .25 caliber. Of course, a cop that just happens to be loitering around the night club manages to get a shot out first.
Now, I'm a fiction writer, and I know I've written some pretty unbelievable shit, but really? Would this 15-year-old celeb really visit a night club? Would he really just be carrying around a .25 caliber? And why the hell is a cop just hanging around the place? The story, honestly, doesn't make sense.