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Twitter hoax kills off the very-much alive Morgan Freeman


In post-apartheid South Africa, Nelson Mandela turns to a white rugby captain to unite the nation.

Morgan Freeman received an Oscar nod for best actor for his role as Nelson Mandela. This is his fifth Oscar nomination in his acting career. "Getting nominated, to me, that's the plateau. After you're nominated, it's like a crap shoot, it's like throwing dice."

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Death by tweet once again. This afternoon CNN allegedly posted on Twitter that actor and voice of the cable news network had died: “Breaking News: actor Morgan Freeman has died in his Burbank home.” Within minutes the news spread through the Twitterverse, prompting online expressions of a Twitter "bummer":

Goodbye to another one of the greats RT @CNN: Breaking News: actor Morgan Freeman has passed away in his Burbank home.less than a minute ago via HootSuite

Except Freeman was plenty alive. CNN quickly issued a hundred and one word denial:

CNN did not report Morgan Freeman death. Rumor is false. CNN will aggressively investigate this hoax.less than a minute ago via web

CNN also said it never sent out the original tweet. 

So what happened? Slate dug through the Web to find answers and uncovered that the message originated from @originalcjizzle, "a guy with nearly 1,500 followers who is fond of calling people "jive turkeys.""

So there goes another Twitter death and resurrection. And what are we left with? Morgan Freeman alive! Some Twitter hearts broken. And of course the funny tweets.

Reports of Morgan Freeman 's demise are false -- TMZ has confirmed the actor is alive, kicking ... and definitel... than a minute ago via twitterfeed


Who is @CNN to play God? That's Morgan Freeman's job.less than a minute ago via web


In the span of 45 seconds, I just mourned Morgan Freeman, then celebrated that he's still alive. #fakeinternetdeathreportssuckless than a minute ago via web


Morgan Freeman had the best fake death since Mark Paul Gossaler.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

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