Seinfeld actor Newman death hoax: Wayne Knight confirms he's alive


On Sunday morning, a rumor surfaced on social media that Seinfeld actor Wayne Knight, who played Newman on the show, passed away in a car accident near the Pennsylvania-New York border.

From a website that appeared to be TMZ.com:

Kane-based state police have identified the deceased as the lovable “Newman.” McKean County Coroner Jeff Levin said Knight died of blunt force trauma at the scene. Also injured in the crash were two of Knight’s passengers, Christopher Davidson, 33, and an unidentified male, both of New York state. Police say the unidentified male was ejected from the back seat of the sedan.

There is one problem, however.

Shortly after the rumor began floating around on social media, Knight took to his Twitter account to send out a message to his fans saying that he is alive and well.

It is great to see Knight is alive and well.

It appears that pranksters created a fake TMZ site to pass off their hoax and they were able to fool plenty of people. As far as death hoaxes go, this one was as good and convincing as it gets. While it is impressive, it is still unfortunate to see people drumming up fake deaths.

Surely there has to be a more productive way to enjoy your weekend.

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  • Justin

    It was more than just a prank. There was an actual fatal accident at
    that location. real people are dead and these “pranksters” used a deadly
    event for their own twisted ends. A woman is dead and a baby is
    fighting for it’s life….these dirt bags certainly don’t deserve the
    publicity.

  • Leigh

    I think one of the first responders on the scene was Tweeting this erroneous news…shouldn’t they be reprimanded (possibly fired) for giving out such sensitive information as names of victims before next of kin are notified?