People are filmed, often by their children, to catch their reaction as they ‘find out’ their favourite star has died.
At hearing the news, some dramatically burst into tears, while others start screaming and shouting in disbelief, before being informed it was just a prank.
Many people find the trend hysterical but others are not so convinced, calling the hoax ‘sick’ and ‘downright disgusting’.
@simplyytee.x I can’t with this woman 🤣🤣 #idriselba #africanmom #mom #prank ♬ original sound – Tee
@clodaghbrownex she was not happy with me 😂 #deadcelebrityprank #celebritydeathprank #jamieoliver #fyp ♬ original sound – clodaghbrownex
Mostly young TikTok users are pranking their parents and families as they gather together over the festive period in the hope they fall for the prank, as the latter tend to be more oblivious to Internet antics.
All celebrities mentioned in the videos are still alive.
In one hilarious video, a woman breaks the news to her mum that Idris Elba has passed away.
The mother throws herself backwards in shock, appearing to hit her head off the wall before jumping up from her seat.
Her daughter then bursts out laughing as she reveals it was a hoax.
<any have found the death pranks hilarious, with one social media user calling it the best thing to happen this year
One woman is wrongly told that ‘David Beckham has died aged 47’ to which she stops what she’s doing and says: ‘No he hasn’t, no way. Not our David Beckham.’
People on TikTok thought ‘our David Beckham’ was hilarious, with one saying: ‘Like you know him personally [crying faces].’
In a video where Jamie Oliver is said to have died, the woman is instantly annoyed, saying ‘Don’t say anything like that’ angrily and calling the woman taking the video a ‘stupid cow’.
In another video, a woman is woken up to the news Adele has died and is jolted awake by her horror, shouting ‘What, no!’
In another, a prankster tells her mother than Jon Bon Jovi has died. Her mother screams ‘SHUT UP SHUT UP’ as she runs at the camera and bursts into tears.
@samdanni1996 David Beckham dead at 47….#prank #rip #celebrityfakedeaths ♬ original sound – Sam&Danni
@hayleyloutownsend Pranking my die hard Liverpool fans mam and dad that Jürgen klopp has died 😂😂 #celebritydeathprank #fyp #liverpoolfans ♬ original sound – HayleyTee