Maybe that thunder and lightning outside my window is the wrath of Jeff Goldblum -- or a higher power -- who thinks it's off-the-grid awful that someone started a rumor today that Jeff Goldblum had fallen to his death on the set of a movie filming in New Zealand.
The rumor became so widespread that his publicist released a statement to Entertainment Weekly, saying, "Reports that Jeff Goldblum has passed away are completely untrue. He is fine and in Los Angeles."
Amid the terrible news of Michael Jackson's death, Twitter and other Web sites somehow picked up an old Internet hoax about actor and West Homestead native Goldblum, the "Jurrasic Park" and "Independence Day" star who's now seen on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."
At 10:45 tonight, the National Examiner site still listed Goldblum under today's "celebrity deaths," for goodness sakes. Here's how it played out on Manolith.com :
Update: This report has turned out to be false, an old Internet hoax that resurfaced among the Michael Jackson frenzy. More on the official NZ Police website.
"Then the repeated their earlier, false report: According to reports from a New Zealand newspaper - and lots of action on Twitter - actor Jeff Goldblum died early this morning after a fatal fall. The alleged death occurred while on set in New Zealand when Goldblum fell over sixty feet off a nearby cliff. As of yet no other news source has picked up the story, so it’s probably false. That said, he is currently filming a movie titled, “Morning Glory“, but no word on where it’s filming. . . ."
In a week when the entertainment world lost Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, it's particularly inexcusable to spread false reports like this. I hope Goldblum can have a Groucho Marx-like sense of humor about it. Marx, of course, denied reports of his demise by saying that reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated.