British actor Rowan Atkinson, who is widely known for his roles in the comedy show Mr. Bean and the film Johnny English, is not dead.
There are no credible reports about the news of his death and no such information was provided by his family. An old hoax about Rowan Atkinson’s demise surfaced on social media once again and shocked fans who rushed to Twitter as they couldn’t believe that their beloved Mr. Bean was dead.
The 66-year-old actor has fallen prey to malicious death rumours on social media several times.
Other than being a hoax, the false death reports about Rowan Atkinson’s death can also give your gadgets a virus.
The tweet that started the death rumours read the following message while using the name of Fox News: “FOX BREAKING NEWS : Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) died at 58 after car accident.” Another similar tweet said: “English comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson aka Mr Bean is feared to be dead with reports of the 58-year-old actor getting killed in a car crash on March 18, 2017.”
This utterly disconcerting news caused ripples in social media, forcing many to click on the malicious link which then redirects the users to a virus blocking one’s social media account.
Rowan Atkinson’s death went viral after a Twitter handle posing as US broadcaster Fox News spread the Rowan Atkinson death hoax and duped users into clicking on the malicious link.