What Happened To Jack Black? Twitter Death Hoax Has Left Fans Confused
While you were sleeping (or maybe awake and well depending on what part of the world you live in) another celebrity fell victim to an internet death hoax. Fans of Jack Black awoke on Saturday morning to find the actor's name trending on Twitter. This led many to ask the question — what happened to Jack Black?
Well, lucky for us, Black was only the victim of a Twitter death hoax. Unfortunately, the hoax left many people confused, wondering what was the truth and what was just a harmless prank.
It started out with a pretty convincing tweet, from the Twitter account of @RealTenaciousD. In addition to Black's career as an actor, Black is also a musician, as one part of the comedy rock duo, Tenacious D. You also might remember Tenacious D from their 2006 film Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. Therefore, when something gets tweeted out from their account, it is kind of official...because it is their official account.
So, when the account tweeted that Jack Black had died, many people across the internet took the hoax seriously — as one probably should. However, the account had been hacked and the hacker shortly revealed themselves later, but not after leaving many fans upset and confused.
I'm sad to officially annouce the death of Jack Black at the age of 46, rest in peace brother.— Tenacious D (@RealTenaciousD) June 5, 2016
It is with a heavy heart I am to announce that Jack Black passed away last night at 3:37am. The cause of death is yet unknown.— Tenacious D (@RealTenaciousD) June 5, 2016
And I can see why fans would get confused. At that early in the morning, with such a bleak tone used in the tweet, it comes off to be incredibly serious. However, the hacker realized what he had done and revealed it was a prank, trying to get more followers to his account in the process.
Calm down guys! It's just a prank bro, look there's the camera... pic.twitter.com/eUTYOHwarB— Tenacious D (@RealTenaciousD) June 5, 2016
The Legend is still alive, it is ok guys :)— Tenacious D (@RealTenaciousD) June 5, 2016
Sorry, bro, but your prank was pretty serious and upset a lot of people. It is one thing to have fun hacking an account but it is another to spread such an awful rumor. Lucky, Tenacious D guitarist John Konesky confirmed that the account had been hacked and the rumor was a hoax.
@RealTenaciousD 's Twitter feed was hacked. Than shit ain't true! They're working on fixing it!— John Konesky (@JKonesky) June 5, 2016
And luckily, musician Diplo had posted a photo of Black on his Snapchat later in the night on Saturday, giving photographic proof that Black was alive and well.
Tenacious D's Twitter may indicate that Jack Black is rip but Diplo's snapchat tells a whole different story. pic.twitter.com/iI2Zjecign— Burnout #VoteLeave (@ItIsBurnout) June 5, 2016
But the confirmation of the hoax must not have reached a lot of Twitter. As many were still confused about whether or not Black had truly passed away.
If the rumours are true and Jack Black has died, that's it. I'm moving to another planet.— Jack Binstead (@JackBinstead) June 5, 2016
These Jack Black rumours are making me uncomfortable. What I need from life right now is for Jack Black to confirm he is alive and well.— Jade (@JadeM_95) June 5, 2016
... And now 'Jack black ??!' - seriously what is going on!!— Alexandra Felstead (@BinkyFelstead) June 5, 2016
But once the hack was confirmed to be just a hack, more fans were upset than anything as to why someone would joke around like that.
Only in a year like 2016 could the Jack Black hoax have been believable #WhosNext— Robbie Purcell (@Robbie_Purcell) June 5, 2016
Discovering Jack Black was dead and then discovering he wasn't 10 seconds later was the weirdest sensation ever. Don't do that to me.— Courtney Smallridge☁ (@cheesybiscuit_) June 5, 2016
Just had multiple heart attacks from reading about Jack Black 's (fake) death— Linda C. (@justcallmelinds) June 5, 2016
Unfortunately, Black was just a victim of another celebrity death hoax in 2016. Even though Twitter is a great tool for breaking news, it can also be a not-so-great tool for reporting the facts. Facts like the not-so-true death of Jack Black. Luckily, your Sunday can be much better now knowing that Black is not dead.