A rumor that actor Matt Damon is dead after reportedly being found in the desert over the web last night, but fortunately (and not surprisingly) it is false.
Some of the Matt Damon is dead rumors state TMZ as reporting the death. Not only is the rumor false, the attribution of the story to TMZ is also false.
The Academy Award-winning actor is not dead, but is in Venice, attending the Venice Film Festival and giving interviews about his new film, The Informant.
Yet somehow, by last night, Matt Damon was dead, at least according to publications who think it's the height of comedy to get people riled up like this.
No need to say goodbye to Matt Damon. He's not dead!
According to one incarnation of the rumor (via Bollywood 91), Matt Damon wrote on his blog that he was going to the desert to search for gold and adventure.
The rumor is fairly detailed in its construction, noting that Damon realizes what he's doing is dangerous. Add in a bogus TMZ sourcing and voila, death rumor.
Also disturbingly and randomly, albeit less detailed, is the supposed death of Dancing with the Stars winner and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson last night.
She's fine too. Glad you are still with us, Shawn!