A flurry of confused fans breathed a sigh of release last week when a report that actor Charlie Sheen had died was revealed to be nothing but a mere internet rumor. The inaccurate reporting of Sheen's demise, which was the result of a malware scam, came just hours after word spread that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner had died. (Both men quickly took to Twitter to confirm that they were, in fact, alive.) The speed with which the false news took off reflects a web culture obsessed with celebrity and death, but death rumors aren't just a product of the digital age. Here, a look back at some the most notable celebrity death rumors throughout history:
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