No, Leslie Nielsen did not just die – but people are quoting his best lines in memory

The veteran comic actor’s death in 2010 resurfaced on social media with many thinking it just happened

The death of veteran comic actor Leslie Nielsen has resurfaced on social media, despite it occurring in 2010.

A report by the BBC on the actor’s death on November 29, 2010, began trending on Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday morning.

Lots of people failed to realise the date on the report, and tweeted about their grief at the death of another entertainment industry giant.

Even BBC reporters were not safe from the confusion:

The news of what people are dubbing as Mr Nielsen’s ‘second death’ became so popular, the report is now on BBC’s Most Read list.


It would appear the date of the report has been added to the list to stop any further confusion.

However, others started using his "second" death to quote his best lines in beloved films such as ‘Airplane!’ and ‘Naked Gun’.

Nielsen, a Canadian whose acting career took off in 1980, died in hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was being treated for pneumonia.

He was 84 at the time of his death. Mr Nielsen had a star on Hollywood’s walk of fame, and appeared in over 100 films.