Steve Burns Death Hoax

Steve Burns of 'Blue's Clues' is not dead. Reports of such are another celebrity death hoax from another fake news site.

Claim: Steve Burns of Blue’s Clues was killed in a car accident.


Origins: On 1 November 2015, the “MSMBC News” web site published a “news” video and article positing that entertainer Steve Burns, best known as the original host of the long-running children’s television program Blue’s Clues from 1995 to 2002, had been killed in an automobile accident:

Steve Burns, 42, was killed in a one-car crash in Pennsylvania, a local coroner said.

Burns was pronounced dead at 7:11 p.m. Friday at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, Berks County Coroner Randall Wiseman told The Associated Press.

Burns, best known as the original host of the long-running children’s television program Blue’s Clues, suffered severe head trauma and internal injuries after he wrecked a 2014 Dodge Challenger near the community of Shillington.

Within hours many readers were circulating references and links to the article via social media as if it were a genuine news report. However, there was no truth to the story: “MSMBC News,” hosted at is a fake news site that plays upon its deliberate similarity to the legitimate MSNBC news organization and domain ( to lure readers into believing and spreading their fictitious, clickbait stories.

This particular fake story echoed a long-running urban legend holding that Steve Burns died of a heroin overdose.

Last updated: 1 November 2015

Originally published: 1 November 2015
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