Morgan Freeman is dead. Again. If anyone is in any doubt, just check his Wikipedia page, because if Morgan really had died, the Wiki faeries would have swooped in and sprinkled pixie dust on his date of departure from the land of the living between one blink of the beating heart of the internet and the next.
In typical good spirits, the un-dead acclaimed actor laughed off his untimely demise. But the false report got me thinking, because it’s eerily similar to a story that influenced me some time ago, the one surrounding the equally untimely and entirely false report of George Clooney’s death during a motorcycle holiday around Italy.
Influence? Yes, the idea became a mechanism in my latest action thriller and hard science fiction novel A Darkening of Fortune, where the death of a footballer is used as lure to ensnare those unsuspecting souls and drag them into a social media honeypot of identity fraud.