Jaleel White Commits Suicide

Status: Hoax
The latest false celebrity death rumor going around concerns Jaleel White (best known for playing Urkel on Family Matters). Supposedly he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. This rumor is old. It was first posted on my site over half a year ago (in the comments to my post titled 'Is this Jaleel White?'). It's no truer now than it was then. I have no idea why it's begun circulating again, but here are the main highlights from the hoax AP report:
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Jaleel White, who played 'nerdy' neighbor Steve Urkel on "Family Matters" found dead Monday. He was 29 years old.
White was pronounced dead on arrival after admission to an LA hospital early Monday morning. The death is being investigated as a suicide.
Born Jaleel Ahmad White, he began his career at the age of three acting in television commercials, before landing guest spots on shows such as "The Jeffersons" and "Mr. Belvedere." It was in 1989 that White landed the role that would make him famous, playing wacky neighbor 'Steve Urkel' on the ABC program "Family Matters."
Following the cancellation of "Family Matters" in 1997, friends claim White became obsessed with the character, and grew despondent, despite further successes as star and producer of the UPN sitcom "Grownups", and as a writer for NBA.com
Neighbor and friend, Bradley Spencer alerted police after hearing what he described as "a loud bang" coming from White's Los Angeles apartment.
Authorities state that upon entering the home they discovered a young African-American male with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Also found was a note, which read simply "Did I do that?", a popular catchphrase from the show.
Like I said, this was all posted on my site over half a year ago. Which means that when people did a Google search for info about Jaleel White committing suicide, my site was one of the first they found. Because of this, my page about Jaleel White started to receive huge amounts of traffic. So much traffic that it was not only slowing the entire site down, but was also slowing other sites that were located on the same server at my web host. Nevin, the technical guy at my web host, has been exchanging emails with me about it all day. What we've done to try to ease the strain on the server is to automatically route people visiting the comments for that old Jaleel White thread to my page about false celebrity death rumors (which is a static page and therefore uses less of the cpu).

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Posted on Mon Jun 05, 2006


Half a year huh? You think if they report it often enough he'll take the hint?
Posted by eriC draveS  in  nothing flat  on  Mon Jun 05, 2006  at  07:47 PM
That'way older than a year, at least here in Barcelona. I heard he was dead back when I was in school, that's maybe 8 or 9 years ago. To this day I still surprise some friends when I show 'em a somewhat recent picture of him from the imdb.
Posted by Dani  in  Barcelona  on  Tue Jun 06, 2006  at  06:21 AM
I ran a search on CNN today (6/6) and it was posted there; so, does this mean CNN posted a hoax story??????
Posted by Cassie  in  Tampa, FL  on  Tue Jun 06, 2006  at  02:09 PM
Phew! I'm so glad that story was a hoax! I think he is very sexy! Thank you for letting me know the truth.
Posted by Cinda  on  Tue Jun 06, 2006  at  09:36 PM
I think this was of poor taste to proclaim someone's death even in a joking way. Poor taste!!!
Posted by cassandra  in  chicago  on  Wed Jun 07, 2006  at  04:51 AM
death is nothing to play around with,put yourself into his position, would you like it if the shoes were on the other foot. Would you like it if your parents read or heard that you were dead later to find out it was a joke.How would you feel?
Posted by cassandra  in  chicago  on  Wed Jun 07, 2006  at  05:07 AM
hahaha, what's funnier is how many people believe bullshit they read at first. IT'S THE INTERNET!!! TRUST NOONE OR ELSE THE MANBEARPIG WILL GET YOU!!
Posted by mydixiewrecked  in  Hell of America  on  Wed Jun 07, 2006  at  01:44 PM
Posted by Gloria Young  in  St Louis, MO  on  Wed Jun 07, 2006  at  04:10 PM
whoa im glad i know the truth that was so upsetting to think that he would have done that he's a very handsome man with a bright futrue ahaed of him i wish him all the best
Posted by Jami  in  WV  on  Wed Jun 07, 2006  at  07:17 PM
well its going all over myspace i believed it at first and so did my parents, to find out it was just a oke that really shows how stupied people can be its almost like wishing death on someone well i'll pry for him n hiz family for all these stupied rumors goinin around
Posted by valancia  in  miami  on  Wed Jun 07, 2006  at  07:35 PM
Thank god its not true so keep on living for god is life.
Posted by Mallicha  in  sumter,sc  on  Wed Jun 07, 2006  at  09:24 PM
Thankful to know that he still is alive just hope that he doesnt try this because its dumb you should live your life till the fullest.
Posted by Dei'Janae  in  sumter,sc  on  Wed Jun 07, 2006  at  09:26 PM
I am glad that it is not true. I was kinda weary of the information. Because the email I received read that he could not get over being Steve Urkel or something to that effect. But I remember Jaleel White stating, after Family Matters ended, that he was grown and did not want to be referred to as "Urkel". Anyway, I am glad this is just a rumor.
Posted by shantra  on  Thu Jun 08, 2006  at  07:15 AM
Someone told me n my family on Tuesday that he killed himself. It was sad to here that because growing up I could relate to Steve Urkel. I'm really happy to find out that it was not true. But it is really a shame to see how people start rumors.
Posted by Michael  in  Long Island, NY  on  Thu Jun 08, 2006  at  09:11 AM
Death is not a game nor is it funny. Hoaxs on people's supposed deaths isn't funny.... And why this resurfaced after half a year is incrediable and that it's on CNN.com is even worse. What happened to actually researching a story for facts?
Posted by Kay  in  Jersey  on  Thu Jun 08, 2006  at  10:19 AM
I am skeptical about things I read, including this. I have to have facts. I have to have proof either way. I will be following up close. If he has past on, my sympathy to his family. If not may God have mercy on the souls of the ones who started this rumor. Remember that saying while you are digging a ditch for me be careful because you might just fall in.
Posted by tonya  in  atlanta, georgia  on  Thu Jun 08, 2006  at  11:16 AM
i am so happy this was a hoax cuz i love jaleel so much and when i hurd that rumor i cired for days. i love you jaleel. always. foreva baby!!!!
Posted by Jiana  in  park forest, illinois  on  Thu Jun 08, 2006  at  10:07 PM
Damn I'm just reading about this, hopefully it is a hoax. If its true its very disturbing, White was very cool. Maybe the fact that he was today still being called Urkel. Which was problably driving him nuts. And the fact it was problably hard to get a job following his most known roll "Steve Urkel". If its true don't you think there's a "family matters" curse, cause Myra (urkels love interest) died in 1998. Judy became a short-term pornstar after being kicked off the show in 1993. Now Urkel's dead...think about it!
Posted by Kevin  in  Las Vegas,NV  on  Fri Jun 09, 2006  at  02:17 PM
When this information was told to me, in the begining I was sadden as if I knew Jaleel White, it's funny how sometime we get so involed with actors and actress, that they become apart of us, Denzel said it best when he was telling Steve Harvey the difference between them is that he comes into people homes and Dezel is only on big screen. And this is so true when we see these actors in these weekly sitcoms and we tivo them, we get caught up. I said all that to say, I was sadden for a minute because all I could think about was this youngman that I came to love, his character, his style, and his great since of humor. Jaleel you may never see this or even hear about it but, I thank God your ok, Jaleel you are a great actor, writer, and producer, and I'm certain a wonderful person, keep your head up and I wish to you much success. And I feel as though we should all pray for the sick person who started this and yes I call him/her a sick person because that is what they are and they need prayer trust they do.
Posted by Rochelle Henderson  in  Los Angeles, Ca  on  Fri Jun 09, 2006  at  08:10 PM
rolleyes i'm glad its not true....i didin't think you would go out like that.....just goes to show that you really have to be careful about the information you read on the net
Posted by Phillip Moore  in  Oakland  on  Fri Jun 09, 2006  at  08:44 PM
Posted by Chris Mcfarland  in  Illinois  on  Fri Jun 09, 2006  at  08:59 PM
I'm sorry.I made a mistake because I'm new to this,but I really don't like death hoaxes because it's not funny and if Jaleel White was really dead then I would be real upset considering the fact that he is one of the coolest brothers around.He is a great actor and I admire his style a lot.When he was playing Steve Urkel in family matters,he went with the most beautiful girl which is Myra.She was an excellent and very fine actor.It's too bad that she died in 1998,I was very sad about that.Anyway,I don't wan't to hear any more f**king hoaxes about Jaleel White cool mad I'm serious.Talking about he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head,tell me why the hell he would do that for? blank stare he is a true g smile I don't know what else to say hmmm ,but respect this man,for he is cool as hell!!! grin
Posted by Chris Mcfarland  in  Illinois  on  Fri Jun 09, 2006  at  09:24 PM
i want to know if he is really dead or not
Posted by odessa smith  in  mississippi  on  Fri Jun 09, 2006  at  09:31 PM
Wow that's really a horrible rumor to spread about someone. I grew up on family matters and when I heard about this Jaleel White supposed death I was really upset. It was different for me. I didn't read this on the Internet. I actually heard it on the radio. I was so shocked. I immediately started trying to find this on the internet. I just typed in my search toolbar "jaleel white" and so much crazy stuff popped up. That's when I start doubting that this might just be a rumor. I wish u well Jaleel and hopefully this rumor goes away quick and fast.
Posted by Raquel Lewis  in  Jacksonville, FL  on  Fri Jun 09, 2006  at  10:34 PM
my boyfriend was telling me about it tonight and i was like you got to be lieing the first thing i said was that is unbeleiveable and i said to my self let me look on the net and see can i see some truth and i came across this and i said THANK GOD that wasnt true so keep on living u have did so much in life to let it go down the drain.MUCH LOVE
Posted by rhonda dortch  in  alabama  on  Fri Jun 09, 2006  at  11:32 PM
I didnt believe it then and i dont believe it now people say things that are not true everyday they just need something to talk about. keep on living your life and dont worry about the silly rumors love to see you soon on my tv screen.
Posted by Monique  in  Brooklyn NY  on  Sat Jun 10, 2006  at  12:54 AM
Glad to hear the rumour is untrue! God bless you Jaleel! Take care.
Posted by Pixie  on  Sat Jun 10, 2006  at  03:16 AM
I am so happy that those rumors aren't true. I don't think I could take the news of losing yet another one of my favorite childhood stars. I'm still finding it hard to believe that "Hakeem" from Moesha is really gone. It really hurt my feelings when I read that false e-mail. I was shocked that he would do such a thing. And oh let's not forget the note. Anyway I'm glad to see you are alive and well. Now could we see more of you? I think you're a really talented actor.
Posted by Chrystal  in  Brooklyn, NY  on  Sat Jun 10, 2006  at  11:45 AM
The article shows that some people are really sick. Jaleel White seems to be doing quite good for himself. Sounds like a fan was too obsessed with the Urkel character. The internet is a source of rumor mills all the time. Just an example: Mike Vick being gay, Eddie Murphy and Johnny Gill doing that true life"Brokeback Mountain". Luther(RIP) rumors about him dying from AIDS.
Posted by Barry Williams  in  Houston,TX  on  Sat Jun 10, 2006  at  01:02 PM
My Brother only told me about this half an hour ago. He had heard it from our Cousin earlier this morning. A quick search on Google, and presto! It's a hoax. No surprise really. Now if people would just stop trying to kill off Tom Cruise...

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Posted by Red Ronin  in  Los Angeles CA  on  Sat Jun 10, 2006  at  01:47 PM
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