It is not the first time, Mr. Bean star Rowan Atkinson has become a victim of cruel, unnecessary online hoax. In a recent swindle, a Facebook post has surfaced that claims that the Blackadder actor has committed suicide at his home in San Francisco.
As per an article published in the online journal The Sun, a site that has been involved in dirty, notorious techniques to draw web-based traffic on their site swelled the rumors of Rowan Atkinson’s death. According to The Sun, Linkbeef, the website that now should change its name (seriously) to ‘Kinkbeef’, has spread the rumors of Mr. Bean’s death.
The site also claims that Rowan Atkinson’s publicist cum manager has confirmed, the actor was battling with severe depression and was deeply indulged in alcohol and drugs. Their post also claims that Atkinson underwent a psychoanalysis therapy in September 2015 to recover from depression, before committing suicide recently at his family home.
After the spread of this post and news, another online publication, http://snopes.com has emphasized this is nothing but an online traffic and user-information grabber scandal.
According to snopes.com, feeling shocked with the unexpected news of Mr. Bean’s demise, as users click on the link to read the complete news, and then, they are redirected to a page that asks them to enter their personal information, such as name and email. Earlier also, in 2012 and 2013, the internet went flooded with two back to back rumors of Mr. Rowan Bean Atkinson’s sudden death.