At this point, most of us know not to believe Twitter death rumors, but just in case there are any concerns, the number one worldwide trending topic "R.I.P. Rowan Atkinson" is a hoax. This time we actually know how the rumor started: Twitter user Michael Robert Meras got bored. (I won't link to his Twitter account, because no one deserves attention for arbitrarily "offing" celebrities.)

So, no, the Oscars will not be including a last-minute tribute to Rowan Atkinson — which is a relief, as he's known mostly to American audiences as the hapless Mr. Bean. How tasteful could that be?

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