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Former prime minister Ariel Sharon Photo by TheMarker
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The social network Twitter has once again become a tool of the rumor mill in recent days in announcing the fabricated deaths of people in the public eye.

The first was former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma since January, 2006, due to a stroke. Rumors surrounding his death began circulating on Twitter throughout the day on Wednesday. Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, where Sharon is currently hospitalized, issued a public denial of the rumor, reporting that the former prime minister was in stable condition.

A large portion of the tweets announcing Sharon's untimely demise were Iranian, Palestinian, or from another Arab country. This because, apparently, the report originated from Iranian and Arab-language news agencies.

But Sharon is not the only one to face false rumors of death. American actor Bill Cosby was also at the center of false reports over the weekend when tweets had killed him in a car accident.

This was not the first time Cosby has faced false reports of his death. He faced a similar scenario in February. In fact this weekend marked the fourth such incident in connection to Cosby.