WWE Superstar John Cena Reported Dead in Accident-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A report that WWE wrestler and actor John Cena was killed in a car accident has gone viral.
This report of John Cena’s death is just the latest celebrity death hoax.
The story appeared at TMZ News Online, a fake news website that is not affiliated with the celebrity tabloid TMZ, under the headline, “John Cena reported Dead in Accident.” The story begins:
John Cena died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident.
Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that John Cena lost control while driving a friend’s vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing him instantly.
The story featured a photo of a smashed up Ferrari that Cena was supposedly driving at the time of his death. However, a quick search reveals that the photo is actually more than three years old and shows a Ferarri 458 Spider that crashed on an Italian highway (without John Cena at the wheel).
And, although John Cena did not directly address reports of his death on social media, he answered any lingering questions by posting photos of himself very much alive and squat thrusting hundreds of pounds on Twitter after he had supposedly died.
Finally, John Cena also appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” after he supposedly died in a car accident to talk about his upcoming gig hosting the Espy awards.
Given all that, we’re calling reports of John Cena’s death “fiction.”