New Delhi: Increasing social networking trend makes it vulnerable for celebrities to fall in circle of not so new false death rumours. Celebrities have always been at risk of becoming prone to internet hoax on twitter and facebook. Sometimes, these stories become a serious issue for the celeb and their family members.

Here is an account of five such rumours which dominated news headlines:

Ayushmann Khurrana

A report surfaced recently that Khurrana died in a snowboarding accident. Global Associated News on Wednesday reported "Actor Ayushmann Khurrana is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today - April 17, 2013”. Later, Ayushmann’s spokesperson Monika Bhattacharyya categorically denied the report saying, "This is with regards to some bizarre rumour doing the rounds about Ayushmann Khurrana, I would just like to clarify that he is well and in Mumbai."

Kader Khan

Kader Khan became the victim of an internet hoax on Feb 8 this year when social networking sites were abuzz with rumours about the actor's demise. Rumours gained traction when a 'RIP Kader Khan' Facebook page was made, after which many took to micro-blogging site Twitter to pass on their condolences.

Resultantly, the 77-year-old urged gossip mongers to stop spreading rumours. He told media, "My family is extremely upset about it. They are very worried. All this has shaken my family. Whoever is spreading such rumours, please stop it.”

Lata Mangeshkar

Twitter was abuzz with R.I.Ps for the singer, Lata Mangeshkar. She confirmed this with a tweet from her official account. "Namaskar, Pls don't believe any rumors which are doing the rounds about my health & well-being. All is well, by the Grace of God", she tweeted.

Rajnikanth

Even mighty Rajnikanth could not escape the death rumours. In May last year, rumours of his death spread fast and refused to die down even when the mega star issued a statement denying the false reports.

Dilip Kumar

Around September 10, 2011 it surfaced that the health of legendry actor Dilip Kumar is getting worse. Some incredible tweets even mistakenly spread news of his death. Later Dilip Kumar's wife Saira Banu made a public statement that the actor is quite well and in high spirits.

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