The singer was pronounced dead by a rogue Facebook app.
If the Celine Dion death hoax can teach us anything, its this: don’t trust everything you read online, kids. A status, claiming that the 'My Heart Will Go On' singer had died in a plane crash started circulating social networks sometime last week, being spread around by two rogue Facebook apps, according to About.com.
The apps cited false reports by CNN and Fox News. The one by CNN reportedly read: "Hollywood Breaking News - R.I.P Celine Dion At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (October 20, 2013), Celine Dion died in a plane crash. The culprit for the story is Global Associated, aka Mediafetcher. 'Celine Dion presumed dead in private plane crash', Global claims that Celine died today at 'Denver Peak-Regional Airport."
For the record, there was no plane crash and as far as anyone knows, Ms Dion is alive and well. But there was another report, which the apps claimed was by Fox News, also claiming that the star had died. It said, "Investigators have told reporters that Celine Dion lost control while driving a friend's vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing her instantly. The vehicle was believed to have been traveling at approximately 95 miles per hour in a 55mph zone at the time of the accident".
According to the About explanation, the apps claimed to feature a video of the crash (no such video exists) in order to lure users into giving access to their profile. In what is now a very familiar scam patter, the apps then take over and begin posting on the user’s behalf. So to recap: Celine Dion is alive. Facebook apps often lie to you. Don’t give up your data for sensationalist headlines.
Just to reiterate: still alive. Still the highest paid celebrity on the Vegas circuit.