Lil Wayne Dead? Hoax Video Spreads on Facebook, May Spread Virus

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A new video titled "R.I.P. Lil Wayne, Rapper Found Dead" is going viral across Facebook and other social media platforms, leaving fans fearing the obvious.

Lil Wayne is not dead, however, despite what the video's title would have you believe (and despite his very real health problems in recent years).

Not only is the hoax video (NOT the one below) a sham, given that the rapper is alive well, it may contain a virus as it continues to spread virally.

Wayne, who suffers from epileptic seizures, has been prematurely reported dead or near dead several times in the past, most famously this year.

Several celebrity gossip sites reported that he was being read his last rites after a seizure, and that may well have been true or simply a false report.

There's a difference between that and a HOAX, though, which is what this is. The “R.I.P. Lil Wayne” video is simply made up for unknown reasons.

Well, one reason may be fairly obvious, actually, and sinister.

The “tribute video” to the rapper requires users to share it to Facebook before they can view it, which is a known spam template and can cause viruses.

Unfortunately, Lil Wayne’s death hoax may be more believable than many, given his history of epileptic seizures is to blame, so a lot of people freaked.

“The bad news is I’m an epileptic, I’m prone to seizures,” Lil Wayne revealed to Los Angeles hip-hop radio station Power 106 on March 28, 2013.

“Like, this isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures, y’all just never hear about them."

"Basically, I could’ve died, so that is why it was so serious. But the reason being for the seizures is just plain stress, no rest, overworking myself.”

He's doing better than ever these days, though, and just released a new song with Chris Brown. So no actual death news to report here, fortunately.

Here's hoping that's the case for many, many years, too.

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Lil Wayne Biography

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New Orleans, Louisiana
Full Name
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.

Lil Wayne Quotes

Lil Wayne: I don't do too many [drugs]. I just smoke weed and drink. But I'll never fuck with no more coke. It's not about the bad high; it's just about the acne: Cocaine makes your face break out. I'm a pretty boy.

The world is about to end in 2012… ’cause the Mayans made calendars, and they stop at 2012. I got encyclopedias on the bus. The world is about to end as we know it. You can see it already. A planet doesn't exist - there's no more Pluto. Planes are flying into buildings - and not just the Twin Towers. Mosquitos bite you and you die. And a black man and a woman are running for president.

Lil Wayne