Several rumors are making their way around Facebook about Eminem, claiming that the rapper whose real name is Marshall Mathers was the victim of a stabbing and died.
However, as is always with Internet and social media death hoaxes, Eminem is alive and well.
The message circulating on Facebook isn’t an old-school chain email or spammy post but rather an actual sidebar advertisement on the social networking site claiming the rapper was stabbed in New York City. The fake post shows a picture of a tattooed man’s back with slash marks and a message claiming the stabbing was all caught on surveillance video.
“Rapper Eminem Left Nearly DEAD After Being Stabbed 4 Times In NYC!!” the headline of the message reads. “Warning 18+!! It was all caught on surveillance video! Click the pic to play the video!”
Eminem, though, is just fine according to his rep, which told E! News the fake post was "not true. He remains unstabbed." Another publicist told Spin: "These [rumors] happen all the time. He's fine.”
Despite the message’s obvious bogus status leading to scams and phishing, Facebook users have still clicked on the gruesome photo anyway. However, the link does not lead to more details about the alleged stabbing, but rather to a site called amazingvid.biz, which at first looks like a Facebook comments plugin page. Many have been even further tricked by the site because it has fake Facebook comments from fake users, making it appear legitimate.
But trust us here, do not click; It’s not true anyway. And in order to watch the video of Eminem, the user must re-share the link with their Facebook friends, which is of course how this spam began spreading so quickly. After sharing the post, the link redirects to a survey website promising “free prizes” along with more Eminem stabbing news, which of course never comes.
Worst of all, it’s not the same time this exact same photo alleging a celebrity was the victim of a stabbing make its way around Facebook. As Naked Security noted, the same photo was used in December 2011 to falsely report Justin Bieber was “STABBED by CRAZED Fan Outside N.Y.C Nightclub!” leading to the same sort of spammy rabbit hole.
Meanwhile, Eminem is set to drop his latest – and highly-anticipated -- album sometime after Memorial Day. The rapper’s eighth studio album will reportedly feature a track with Chris Rock after the comedian posted a photo in the studio with Eminem.