Now, where did this celebrity death hoax originate? Houston News published the story reporting that Noah was shot while greeting fans after his concert. The headline read, “BREAKING: Comedian Trevor Noah shot dead while greeting fans after concert.” Houston News uses a URL designed to make readers think they are on the site belonging to The Houston Chronicle.
The story then dramatically begins, “It was a two-gunned stranger — possibly a deranged fan — who murdered the South African king of comedy Trevor Noah as he signed autographs after a night concert in Orlando.” Houston News’ article goes on to copy and paste details and quotes from the real-life murder of Grimmie last year, and pretends they are about Noah’s supposed death.
Houston News confuses manipulates readers by featuring a number of news stories that are legitimate, in addition to articles that are flat-out hoaxes such as the one about Noah’s untimely death.