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Last week rumors swirled around the interwebs that Playboy kingpin Hugh Hefner and actors Kevin Bacon and Wesley Snipes had all met their untimely demises. As the news spread like wildfire via sites like Twitter and Facebook, it quickly became clear that Hefner, Bacon and Snipes were just the newest additions in the long line of celebrity death hoaxes.

Thanks to the popularity of social networking sites and the speed with which rumors can become circulated on the Internet, fake celebrity death reports have become frequent in recent years. It seems that no celebrity, no matter how young or how old, is safe from these tales of paragliding accidents and fatal on-set mishaps, with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber and Natalie Portman among the many stars who have been rumored to have passed away.

The cliffs of New Zealand are one popular locale for several fake celebrity deaths – George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Jeff Goldblum have all at one point in time been rumored to have fallen to their deaths there. Click through the gallery to learn about more celeb death hoaxes and the ridiculous stories behind them, and make sure to follow Celebuzz on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr for all the latest celebrity news and photos!