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


I was very upset when I saw the email. But I have enought common sense to know as Big of celebrity as Jaleel is it would have been on the news. Its sad when some people have nothing more in life to do but spread lies,rumors about people. Like my grandmother said if they lied on Jesus they will lie on you.
Posted by ToRonicia Woods  in  Silver Spring, MD  on  Mon Jun 12, 2006  at  11:48 AM
When i first heard it my heart literally dropped down to my feet. I am not a person to believe everything i read but i do enjoy wikipedia, the encyclopedia, so i was more prone to believe this story. however i couldn't find it on any other website. I am happy that it appears not to be true (i agree with the other writers that think jaleel is incredibly sexy). I wish Jaleel all the best in future endeavors, besides being on television isnt what its cracked up to be. it seems to kill you a little too soon!
Posted by Precious  in  Lehigh Acres, Fl  on  Mon Jun 12, 2006  at  12:08 PM
I am very sadden about what happened to Jaleel, and I hope that his family will find a way to be strong through this devastated time in there life. My prayers are with you and may God bless each and everyone of you
Posted by Crystal Garvin  in  Estill, SC 29918  on  Mon Jun 12, 2006  at  02:01 PM
I was very upset when I heard the rumor but something told me it was just a rumor because I heard nothing of the situation on the news or even in a newspaper just an article that my mother printed out and showed and i felt it wasn't true and that someone who was very bored with no life did this but I'm glad to have conformation hearing that this was just a rumor and that one of my favorite actors is still alive and doing well
Posted by Ashley Lynch  in  New Jersey  on  Mon Jun 12, 2006  at  06:17 PM
I am very glad that the Jaleel White death rumor was a hoax. I remember watching him on Family Matters. I am glad he is alive and well. grin
Posted by Pam  in  Ballwin, MO  on  Mon Jun 12, 2006  at  06:43 PM
If the rumor is not true then why is still on the net, radio television what ever the case may be why is it circulating like that if it is not true. And why hasnt he come forward ans say something, The world is too small and life is too short for anyone to be thinking of killing themselves any way
Posted by risa  in  detroit mi  on  Mon Jun 12, 2006  at  08:53 PM
Thank God... you are alive! I am a big fan of Jaleel's. There are much richness and glory in Jaleel that has yet to come forward. May God bless him and his family.
Posted by Wendy  in  Atlanta, GA  on  Mon Jun 12, 2006  at  09:23 PM
I think either Erkel or his people planted this story for publicity.
Posted by Rahman  in  Dirty South  on  Mon Jun 12, 2006  at  09:39 PM
Halevans79 (stupid name), you need to chill out! If people liked his character, what is it to YOU?
Posted by Rahman  in  the Dirty South  on  Mon Jun 12, 2006  at  09:43 PM
Glad to hear that things are okay....
Posted by koco  in  Chicago  on  Mon Jun 12, 2006  at  10:59 PM
I just want to say that i am glad that it was just a bad rumor.Jaleel take care of yourself and don't let these foolish things get to you.I grew up watching you on family matters. I also watched you on all grown up.Keep doing what you do and i will support you in whatever it is that you do.Know that you have fans that love you from way back me included.
Posted by michellejones  on  Tue Jun 13, 2006  at  02:04 AM
When I first heard of this I said to the person that told me "Are you sure that you have your facts straight?" Moments later I called my sister "Jane". I asked her. She said Connie give me a moment and I will find out the facts! She called me back and told me that it was in fact a fraud. He was very much alive. To who ever started this sad story may God have mercy on your soul and your family. That had to be hard on anyone in his family to hear that someone could tarnish him like that. On the better note maybe that have producer(d) looking at him star in one of the most famous movies in the world. Thank you for that.
Posted by Connie1  in  Troy, OH  on  Tue Jun 13, 2006  at  09:38 AM
I am relieved to know the truth - Jaleel White is my man...
Posted by Keisha Delancy  in  Orlando, FL  on  Tue Jun 13, 2006  at  02:57 PM
I mean the 1st thing I want 2 do iz Thank God that its not true, The 2nd thing I want 2 say iz y would a person do something like that?
n To him of all people. A persons like iz not 2 be played with. The crazy part iz Iam 15 n I got more since then have these people out here
Posted by Samara  in  Baltimore Maryland  on  Tue Jun 13, 2006  at  06:53 PM
O my word. I thought he was dead and I didn't know what to do. I don't know him personally but i grew up watching him on t.v. and had me a little crush on some Steve. I kind of panicked and had to do a search for him, thank God it's not true. I wish you a very long and happy life to come. Some people are just mean man, i can't believe people are ignorant enough to do stupid things like that. Much Love Jaleel
Posted by anesha  in  California  on  Wed Jun 14, 2006  at  12:19 AM
Rumour still goin' strong, did a search to be sure. Happy u're not 'six feet under'
Posted by Liza  in  Trinidad, West Indies  on  Wed Jun 14, 2006  at  01:01 PM
I am so happy to hear that this was a hoak. Jaleel if you read these messages, please know that people out here love you. I grew up watching Family Matters and I was so sad to think this might have been real. It's sad to think about someone being sad enough to take their own life. Hope all is well and please keep acting.
Posted by Heidi  in  Fredericksburg, VA  on  Wed Jun 14, 2006  at  01:28 PM
I knew the rumor awas just that so lets make these ney saters a lyer by pulic appearance somewhere anywhere
Posted by A.Judge  on  Wed Jun 14, 2006  at  01:32 PM
Really glad to hear that it's not true. I didn't think someone as intelligent and with such a bright future would go out like that. confused
Posted by Dannette  in  Tampa, FL  on  Wed Jun 14, 2006  at  02:07 PM
I am so glad that he is alive. I have had the biggest crush on Jaleel White. As Urkel, he was beautiful, I was totally into him. He just gave a name and face to the underdog.
Jaleel, God bless you in all of your future endeavors.
Posted by Brandy Allen  in  Riverside, California  on  Wed Jun 14, 2006  at  03:08 PM
Glad it aint so pimpin i loved your show a a child and i felt sad then haerd about the note wich gave hope. i knew you would not go out like that. stay up chief!
Posted by Will G  in  chcago il  on  Wed Jun 14, 2006  at  03:33 PM
I just want to say to Steve - thank God!

My twelve year old son, Brock, and I were told this horrible rumor last night. I'm 53 years old and watch you as Urkle and Stefan many many times - unfortunately, our family has suffered the loss of loved ones through the tragedy of suicide - it's nothing to hoax about or joke about - I'm just very relieved and glad to hear that you are well - we really would love to see you either on tv or in movies - preferably "family friendly" - please, anyone reading this - know there's ALWAYS something better - things WILL get better - Read the Psalms - kdy
Posted by Karen D Young  in  Tennessee  on  Wed Jun 14, 2006  at  08:02 PM
That wasn't a funny joke at all!
Posted by Casandra  in  U.S.A  on  Wed Jun 14, 2006  at  11:15 PM
Jaleel you are the coolest. You are probably the funniest actor I've ever seen. Thank god you aren't dead.
Posted by Chase  in  South Dakota  on  Wed Jun 14, 2006  at  11:17 PM
I am so glad that info was not true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! words cant really explain how i felt when i heard that horrible rumor......NE way keeping doing you jaleel! peace my brother
Posted by tee tee  in  atl  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  01:34 AM
Thank you for clearing up that issue. It would have been a shame for it to be true.
Posted by LUIS MCDONALD  in  BROOKLYN NY  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  01:10 PM
Thanks for clearing up such an ugly rumor.
Posted by Luis McDonald  in  Brooklyn NY  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  01:12 PM
I didn't hear the original rumor, but I am still disturbed that someone will blatantly defame and speak murder in someone's life. But dependence on god and His graciousness will help one to overcome all of the obstacles in these perilous times. Just stay stong Jaleel and continue to be the talented,creative, intelligent, industrious person you are and have been.
Posted by Roosevelt Acoff  in  Birmingham,Alabama  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  03:10 PM
to the person who spread that very bad,nasty,god awful rumor need a very,very,very,very serious help,and VERY QUICKLY.
Posted by chantel  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  09:09 PM
very glad to hear this is only a hoax....Makes by vacation to Seattle next week much better.
Admired by Bronel
Posted by Bronel P. Hebert  in  New Ibeira, Louisiana  on  Fri Jun 16, 2006  at  09:59 AM
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