Article by Shawn Rice, Business 2 Community
Tommy Chong of one of the comedians behind “Cheech and Chong” being found dead is a celebrity death hoax. Contrary to reports that Chong passed away, the comedian is still alive.
Where did this death hoax originate? The web site Viral Time Lapse posted an article headlined “Tommy Chong Dead At 77 | Marijuana Comedy Star Looses [sic] Battle with Cancer,” reporting that Chong, half of the famed Cheech and Chong comedy duo, had passed away. Some of
The article linked to a Facebook page on which fans of the comedian were asked to show their condolences by commenting and liking the page:
“Actor Tommy Chong — best known for his roles in That ’70s Show or Cheech & Chong — is dead.
“At about 11 p.m. ET on Thursday (December 17, 2015), our beloved actor Tommy Chong passed away. Tommy Chong was born on May 24, 1938 in Edmonton. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
However, that account was a hoax as the comedian is still doing well. The clickbait Viral Time Lapse was then published again in March 2016, in August 2016, and again in February 2017. The comedian remains alive and well, however, despite these repeated false stories.