A rumor that rapper Marshall Mathers, known professionally as Eminem, died was trending on Twitter Tuesday after someone created the hoax tweeting: “I have killed Eminem”.
The #RIPEminem hashtag continued to grow, garnering more than 20,000 mentions.
While the #RIPEminem hoax was seemingly started as a “joke,” it confused some Twitter users who flocked to the microblog to find out if the beloved rapper was OK. Others, however, took the opportunity to share memes of Eminem and some used pictures of notable figures like comedian Ellen DeGeneres, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, rapper Logic and many more to poke fun at the hoax.
— JoJo⁷#Dynamite (@jojosuniverze) August 18, 2020
— Andrew Stow (@andrew_stow) August 18, 2020
The Grammy-winning musician – real name Marshall Mathers – is alive and well. However, the post sparked immediate panic among his fans who voiced their worries for the rapper’s welfare on Twitter.
Neither Eminem nor his team have yet issued a statement addressing the social media scare.
Eminem, who gained mainstream popularity in the wake of his 1999 debut album The Slim Shady LP, most recently collaborated with fellow rapper Kid Cudi.
The duo’s track “The Adventures of Moon Man and Slim Shady” was released last month. In the single, Eminem addressed the murder of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, while taking aim against people who refuse to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic.