Emma Watson has NOT died in a car crash

Emma Watson, known around the world for her portrayal of teenage brainbox Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, has become the unwitting star of an internet hoax that is being spread rapidly across the internet.

The bogus reports claim that the actress has died in a drunken car crash.

Here is a typical report:

On July 24, 2009, Watson was en route to her mansion in Oxfordshire, England. Police footage captured her driving with speeds up to 80 miles per hour on very narrow roads. Oxfordshire paramedics received a 999 call at 12:22 p.m. (GMT), about an sportcar having crashed into a wall at a petrol station. At this point it was still unknown that the victim was indeed Emma Watson. Three minutes after the call got through, paramedics arrived at Watson’s location. She was reportedly not breathing and the car was total loss. After 5 minutes the Oxfordshire Fire Department managed to get Watson out of her car. Resuscitation efforts continued en route to the…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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