Hugh Hefner is NOT dead – hoax spreads across the internet

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Hugh Hefner is the latest celebrity to have been dogged by rumours of his death, spreading across the internet.

Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter were abuzz with news of the demise of the iconic founder of Playboy magazine, who has recently had a little trouble in matters of the heart when his Playmate fiancee Crystal Harris called off their wedding.

According to reports, Hefner was said to have died of a heart attack on Monday 11th July at 10:58PM EST.

Would you have believed the reports from your social networking friends, or gone hunting for further confirmation?

After all, in the past we’ve seen internet rumours spread about the supposed death of Christian Slater and Tom Cruise…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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