Jim Carrey has NOT died in a snowboarding accident, despite what you read on the net

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Messages have spread across social networks today claiming that film actor Jim Carrey has been killed in a snowboarding accident.

Fans of the actor have been tweeting how sad they are to hear the news, and sharing links on sites like Facebook to a news report about the film star’s death.

However, the news story is baloney – and anyone who spreads the link has been duped by a new variant of a hoax that we have seen many times before.

Yes, if you click on the link you do see what appears to be a breaking news story about Jim Carrey’s death.

But no, the story is not true.

Actor Jim Carrey is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today – December 12, 2012.
The actor & novice snowboarder was vacationing at the Zermatt ski resort in Zermatt, Switzerland with family and friends. Witnesses indicate that Jim Carrey lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed.

Jim Carrey was…

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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.