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Morgan Freeman dead? No, he's not -- and CNN is looking into it

December 16, 2010 |  6:45 pm

Morgan Freeman dead CNN tweet "Morgan Freeman dead" is, well, a lie.

A fraudulent tweet reading "Breaking News: actor Morgan Freeman has died in his Burbank home," purportedly sent by CNN, was propagated Thursday afternoon, eventually eliciting a response from CNN denying it was the source of the misinformation.

"CNN did not report Morgan Freeman death. Rumor is false. CNN will aggressively investigate this hoax," the network said around 3 p.m. PST.

Freeman, who's also been the target of a "Dude has a fake hand!" hoax, joins Bill Cosby, Russell Crowe, Betty White, Gordon Lightfoot and more in the ranks of the walking undead.

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Russell Crowe is alive and well and added to our celebrity death hoax gallery

Gordon Lightfoot's death hoax: a post-game wrap-up, with an apology to Twitter

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Image credit: Twitter

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