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Betty White is not dead. The death hoax started on Wednesday when a satirical news website revealed that Betty White 'dyes' her hair from the comfort of her Los Angeles home.
Many social media users on Twitter and Facebook chose to share the story, while claiming that the famed actress had passed away.
According to the article, published on satirical news website, Empire News, Betty White is not a natural blonde, and must keep up appearances by dying her hair. The websites own disclaimer page states that everything published is 'satirical' and meant only for 'entertainment' purposes. The websites disclaimer reads in full:
'Empire News is a satirical and entertainment website. We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.'
The article went so far as to provide a fake quote from Betty White:
'Oh, I started dying it ages ago when my color started to fade away to a more whiteish, greyish color. I thought to myself, 'Well Betty, if you can't have the dark color anymore, might as well try on the blonde for a while,' and it just kind of stuck. When I played Rose on Girls, the joke about my natural hair color made it into several episodes. I've always had a sense of humor about it.'
If you need more proof that the Betty White dies story is fake, it was posted by the author 'Bob The Empire News Potato. ' Bob's author bio reads, 'My name is Bob the Empire News Potato. I'm a writer, editor, and delicious with bacon and sour cream.'
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Tens of thousands of people have shared the Betty White death hoax, which led to reports all over Twitter and Facebook that she had died. Here is an example of what the shared message looked like on Facebook.
These days you don't really have to try all that hard to kill off celebrities with complex hoaxes thanks to social media.
Let this be a lesson to everyone that a proper understanding of the English language is important. If you don't learn the difference between 'dyes' and 'dies' you might have a panic attack over a loved one in the future.
If nothing else, this hoax further proves that a lot of those social shares from your friends are from stories they never even read. Talk about a rousing endorsement for social sharing... or not.