Is Macaulay Culkin dead? Hoax site goes viral

It was a well-calculated hoax to say the least.


Austin Powell


Posted on Nov 8, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 6:07 am CDT

Contrary to multiple reports, Macaulay Culkin is not dead, though his career certainly leaves something to be desired.

Early Saturday morning, rumors started to circulate that the Home Alone star had passed away. The hoax has been traced back to a since-deleted Facebook memorial page that proclaimed, “He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”

It was a well-calculated hoax to say the least. The page linked to a spoof version of MSNBC. That site’s doctored report included bogus quotes from police officials, and it quickly went viral, becoming so widespread that Snopes deemed it necessary to debunk. Culkin himself also weighed in on Twitter.

We’re on tour you silly people / @anchovywarhol‘s 📷

— pizza underground (@cheesedayz) November 8, 2014

One of the great things you can do when you’re alive is stop for lunch in Breaux Bridge, LA

— pizza underground (@cheesedayz) November 8, 2014

Any Austin pizzerias want to supply the drums (pizza boxes) and some pies for our Fun Fun Fun show tonight? @funfunfunfest

— pizza underground (@cheesedayz) November 9, 2014

But if you still need further proof of Culkin’s existence, you should head out to the Belmont in Austin, Texas tonight. His pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band, fittingly titled the Pizza Underground, plays there tonight.

Just don’t say we didn’t warn you about how bad it’s going to be

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*First Published: Nov 8, 2014, 10:06 pm CST