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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 by The Curator on Mon Jun 05, 2006


i just want to let u know that i glad that it was a hoax. I couldn't understand how could some one of ur standards do some thing like that. When i heard it i couldn't believe it. thank for keeping it real
Posted by tasha flennaugh  in  pine bluff  on  Sat Oct 28, 2006  at  09:46 AM
Today in my drama class, we were doing famous african-american actors and singers. Well, your name came up and someone said that u commited suicide a while back. I told them that i didn't believe it, but they swore it was true. Then i thought about the cartoon voices you did and your appearance on Girlfriends. I knew it wasn't true all the time.
Posted by dat girl dannie  in  georgia  on  Mon Oct 30, 2006  at  06:38 PM
whaaaaa yeesss!! you're not dead made my day!
Posted by ramtin  in  sweden  on  Fri Nov 03, 2006  at  04:36 PM
i am so happy to know that everything is ok with him. when i first heard about the rumor i started to cry cause i am one of his biggest friends. I really couldnt beleive it so i had to look it up for myself. God bless him and his family.
Posted by Tamara Benford  in  hempstead tx  on  Tue Nov 07, 2006  at  02:42 PM
I have to admit that when I first heard about the 'suicide', I believed it. It was a Monday and I was in shock because for some odd reason, Jaleel was the subject of my conversation with my friends over the weekend.
So like anyone, I would think, I tried to find more information. Nothing. the only info I did get was that it was a hoax.
People are so ridiculous. What is the purpose in saying that about someone? It was obviously someone who does not have a life of their own and felt the need to lie about someone else.

-Ajeenah
Posted by Ajeenah Brown  on  Tue Nov 07, 2006  at  07:54 PM
HELLO! IT ME AGAIN! I WAS REMEMEBER THAT YOU WERE LITTLE BOY WITH OTHER PR-TEEN COSTARS IN SUMMER CAMPS FILMS AND AT THE END AOF THE FILMS YOU SANG IT ! IT WAS SO COOL ! WHY NOT YOU WILLL SING AGAIN SOME DAY OR NEXT YEAR ! I HOPE TO SEE YOU IN YOUR OWN CONCERTS AND BUY A YOUR OWN ABLUMS ? YOU BECOME COMEBACK BEING CELEBRITY! I LOV EYOU ! YES , I DONT HAVE ANY BROTHER SO WOULD YOU LIKE MY REAL BROTHER TO ME ? I HAVE YOUNG SISTERS ! I NEED YOUR HELPS ABOUT DATING MENS IN ANY REATIONSHIPS ! THANK YOU! YOU ARE UNDERSTANDING AND SWEET PERSON ! YOU LOVE PLAYING A B-BALL ! I SAW YOU IN TV ! YOU WERE SO COOL PERSON! WAHT A MERIORES OF URKEL! IT MADE ME LAUGH SO HARD !" DID I DO THAT ?" OR " HELP! I FALLEN DOW N , I CANT GET UP "! TAHT WAS MY FAVORITE LINE FOR YEARS ! I NEVER MISS IT ! I HOPE TO HEARD FROM YOU SOON! SEE YOU IN NEXT YEAR! IM NOT OPEN MIMD AND IM CLOSE MIND AND PRIVATE PERSON! BYE FOR NOW! BIBI KANAMA!
Posted by BIBI KANAMA  in  NEWBURY PARK  on  Wed Nov 08, 2006  at  11:36 PM
did you know that you are the only one in america
that got your own name, jaleel?
Posted by c.  on  Sat Nov 11, 2006  at  06:49 PM
8-)
Oh my god, i am 17 years old and i was a fan of jaleel white since god knows when. it killed me to hear that he had commited suicide but i thought to myself that it could not be true. im so glad that he is ok and well and he makes movies or star in a new hit sitcom!
Hey did you guys ever consider doing a family matters "The Sequel?
Posted by Keysha Bonheur  on  Wed Nov 15, 2006  at  06:07 PM
You know, in Spain people say he died of cancer, I believed it until I saw him in a program called "Surprise Surprise" about 10 years ago. Even after seeing him there people said that it was actually a double pretending to be Jaleel White, honestly, how stupid can people get??!!
Today I just happened to be looking through the net and found out he was actually alive, then I found a site which said he commited suicide and then (to my relief) I found this site which said the suicide thing was a lie; well I'm glad, I remember watching Family Matters when I was a kid and I love Urkel, he's such a great character!!!
Posted by John  in  UK  on  Sat Nov 18, 2006  at  09:19 PM
wow my mom and I screamed when we found out the truth that you were still alive.Please come out with a movie we will be the first ones there.Play yourself it will still be a BIG HIT....We love you Jaleel
Posted by Luis and Dorothy  in  new york city  on  Tue Nov 21, 2006  at  06:23 PM
Hello, Brother,

We initially make a point of thanking you for your effort how much considerable with the reading of our mall especially for agreeing to forward to us the electronic address, postal address of Jaleel WHITE and if it is possible to give us her site for urgent and important information.

Once again thank you, we believe that you have all to reach us and answer, also, we hold so that the benevolence is of setting in our exchange.

Our greetings with all the organization,

Billy N NGITUKA
Responsible for the international relations of The organization not governmental "Friends of the District" (in French " les Amis Quartier ")
Posted by The organization not governmental "Friends of the  in  GERMANY  on  Fri Nov 24, 2006  at  11:00 AM
happy b'day jaleel, so how's it feel to be the
big 3-0?
Posted by c.  in  brooklyn,new york  on  Mon Nov 27, 2006  at  12:57 AM
up to now i believed that the sexxy young truly died, i now know for sure that the young man is still alive. i have always been a jaleel fan since i first set eyes on the comedy family matters. i was really devasted that i forced myself to forget about this young man until i got another email saying jaleel is dead!!! asked myself how many times does this young man have to die?? i forwarded the email to friend who sent this link. thanks so much. is there any way that i can get a recent photo(s)?? please just send me at least one.
Posted by McDONALD  in  Harare  on  Thu Nov 30, 2006  at  02:24 AM
didnt eadn yiu anf

How do rumors get started. Sounds familiar I'm very glad Jaleel White is ok, I too was very sad when I heard he had pased away. I'm very happy to now know that he is alive. and for those of you spreaded this ugly rumoor may God forgiveyou.
Posted by Trina  in  Detroit  on  Sun Dec 03, 2006  at  04:06 AM
I am so happy that this was just a rumor. A rumor will to be told before the truth will. I think that Jaleel White is a good looking man who plays his role well. Especially being very much the opposite of how he really is. May he be blessed to not even consider such a thing.
Posted by Jessica Maye  in  Bellamy, AL  on  Mon Dec 04, 2006  at  02:15 PM
R.I.P JELEEL WHITE
Posted by Jennice  on  Fri Dec 08, 2006  at  01:54 PM
I KNOW MY JALEEL WOULD'NT HURT HIMSELF. SO I SAY F**K THEM DAMN RUMORS THEY ARE JUST JEALOUS OF HIM. 1 LOVE ARRIANNE.
Posted by ARRIANNE ROBERTS  in  HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS  on  Tue Dec 12, 2006  at  03:03 AM
I am really amazed @ how easily influenced human beings are & how it is easy to control the human mind... I've always been skeptical about celebrity deaths...Therefore, whenever, I hear anything...I do not believe until I see a funeral...lol & trust me ppl...the big naes such as CNN & even BBC are suceptible to making errors... HUMANS ARE NOT PERFECT Ummm... Jaleel Keep doing your thang' & All the best in your future endeavours!
Posted by Korice Archer-Quashie  in  Trinidad & Tobago...West Indies  on  Thu Dec 14, 2006  at  09:11 PM
who wrote should die i watched the shows since i was bourne and you would do nothing like that
Posted by johnathan nickens  in  Warrensville ohio  on  Tue Dec 26, 2006  at  11:28 AM
I know my cuz was not dead.
Posted by James White  in  Little Rock Arkansas  on  Sat Dec 30, 2006  at  11:53 PM
hey i am glad to no that you or still alive that is bad that somrone would start a rumors like that hey keep up the good work.and you have a
bless day (CHARLES TAMPA FL)
Posted by charles bostic sr,  in  tampa FL  on  Thu Jan 04, 2007  at  10:58 AM
JUST WANT TO KNOW IF HE'S DEAD OR ALIVE, JUST RENTED A VIDEO WITH HIM ON IT BUT WE ARE UNSURE IF HIS ALIVE. THATS HIS PERSONAL BUSINESS BUT JUST TRYING TO SETTLE A DEBATE AT WORK THATS ALL, PLEASE DON'T TRY TO PLAY A TUPAC WHICH I PERSONAL BELIVE IS ALIVE AN WELL LIVING HIS LIFE AWAY FROM REPORTERS AND PEOPLE WHO WANTS HIM DEAD.
Posted by angela lundy  in  jacksonviell florida  on  Thu Jan 11, 2007  at  09:54 AM
This is in response to Kevin in Vegas, Myra is still alive, you need to research on factor fiction website before you go believing anything you read on your computer in email form or on websites. People are cruel and to me people that do things like these rumors really need prayer and Jesus. They are very lost and have no direction in life. I too am really glad that Jaleel is alive, I just want to know if and when we will see him again in TV or movies. It was very obvious that he is a very intelligent person by the way he played his part as Steve. I love watching the reruns, I thought I saw every episode but I guess with Bible Study and all I missed some of them. But they are great classics, no offense Jaleel you are still a young'un. All my Love and Prayers, Bobbie
Posted by Bobbie Cole  in  Mississippi  on  Sun Jan 14, 2007  at  12:31 AM
It was such a big surprise when I heard of the suicide. I remembered Jaleel from Family Matters, not just as Urkel but when he acted as Urkel's cousin and you see Jaleel as he is. Very gorgeous I must say. But you know I learned in my experiences, it doesn't matter what anyone says about you. Don't think what others will say or do to you. We answer to no one but God himself. I believe Jaleel is a christian, (correct me if I'm wrong) but for someone to kill themselves knowing what it means to a christian you wont go very far. Jaleel God has everything under control, you know that because you are still here with people who trully cares about you and loves you very much. You don't need to prove anything to anyone.
Posted by Crischelle Trocio  in  Sydney  on  Sat Jan 27, 2007  at  11:30 AM
Wait... he's alive?
C R A P.
Posted by jason  on  Sat Feb 10, 2007  at  02:52 PM
Angela: you really think Tupac is alive? Really? After all of the proof? Honey, you are a disgrace.
Posted by jason  on  Sat Feb 10, 2007  at  02:58 PM
Hello, I have been a fan of Jaleel's for a long time. I am so glad that he is alive and well.Someone of his intelligence, I just couldn't believe someone would spread a rumor so cruel, people just don't have anything else better to do with themselves, but hurt other humanbeings. Jaleel, all i have to say is keep doing you baby. You are a very handsome and brillant man, keep doing wonderful things to keep people hating on you.
I will always respect you and an artist of many sorts.
God bless you and your family !
Posted by LaTricia Howze  on  Sun Feb 11, 2007  at  05:10 PM
Hy!! In Europe, they talked about you on the french television, they said you were dead because of drug problems some years ago...I have to say, I'm very happy it's not the case...rumors...rumors...I have to admit I'll never forget about you playing in "Family Matters": you were awesome!!Had lots of fun!!I wish you success and everything you need in life and career!!Be happy!!!kisses
Posted by Tatiana  in  Europe  on  Mon Feb 12, 2007  at  08:34 PM
wait... one more time... he's alive? CRAP again.
Posted by jason  on  Wed Feb 14, 2007  at  05:20 PM
That wasn't a funny joke! I am very happy that you are well and enjoying another of your passions, sports! The only thing to regret is that you are not acting anymore. We miss such a good talent and expect to see you some day acting again.
Posted by Doris  in  San Juan, PR  on  Mon Feb 26, 2007  at  02:52 PM
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