Bogus reports circulating on the internet, which claim that Johnny Depp has been killed in a drunken car crash in France, could be exploited by cybercriminals, warns security firm Sophos.
Some of the reports link to a fake CNN news page that includes a photograph of the wreckage.
Many people have forwarded messages about Depp's death, making "Johnny Depp RIP" a trending topic on Twitter, which helped to fuel the rumour and spread it even further and faster.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said the hoax is likely to be exploited by cybercriminals in the same way as similar bogus reports of the deaths of Emma Watson and Kanye West.
"I would recommend that you are very careful to avoid clicking on links claiming to be links to "news" about Johnny Depp's death, as you could end up on a malicious web page designed to infect your computer, steal your identity or which tries to scare you into purchasing fake anti-virus software," he wrote in a blog post.
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