Oh no! Twitter erupted late on June 24 as thousands of users began mourning and tweeting the hashtag “#RIPSouljaBoy.” So what’s going on here? Did the young rapper tragically pass away, or is he just the latest victim of the ever popular death hoax trend?
Twitter once again took a morbid turn on June 24, as rumors of 23-year-old rapper Soulja Boy‘s death began to take the social media site by storm. But as is the case whenever big “news” like this blows up on Twitter, the question remained whether the tweets were tragically true or just made up out of thin air.
Soulja Boy Becomes A Death Hoax Vicitm
Thousands of people tweeted mournful messages after hearing that Soulja Boy had died. The hashtag “#RIPSouljaBoy” even began trending worldwide:
#RIPSouljaBoy cranked it all the way to heaven 😿😿
— ○◇○ (@ow333n) June 24, 2014
#ripsouljaboy this is so sad…but let’s all remember that soulja boy did indeed “tell em” thank u soulja
— Nolan Emme (@NolanEmme) June 24, 2014
Now Soulja Boy, we’ll let you tell ’em what’s going on. All of these people, who were ALREADY ON TWITTER, should have just taken the extra step to go to Soulja Boy’s page, because then they would’ve seen how off-base this trending topic was. Even while “#RIPSouljaBoy” was trending, the rapper was tweeting pictures of blinged-out chains and watches and about his new music video.
So no, Soulja Boy did NOT die. He’s still cranking.
Soulja Boy: Rapper Declared Dead… Again?
Somehow, this is not the first time that the internet has tried to declare Soulja Boy dead. In Feb. 2012, the same hashtag began trending on Twitter for no logical reason. Jeez, what does Twitter have against this guy!?
At this point users might just be using the hashtag as a joke, which would pretty much confirm the downfall of society.
— Andrew Gruttadaro