Napoleon Dynamite Star Not Dead

image The latest celebrity death rumor going around is that Jon Heder, star of Napoleon Dynamite, died in a car accident while driving with a friend to Salem, Oregon. A website making this claim is here. People have also been speculating about this rumor on the IMDB message boards (Thanks to Ana for the link). Jon Heder, of course, is not dead (unless that person who looks like him and has been making media appearances is just an imposter). Michael Heaton, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, noted in a recent column that he had heard the 'Heder is Dead' rumor from his daughter. Which prompted him to comment that "It is the zenith of cultural obsession to have false rumors of someone's death spread like goose grease across the land."

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Posted on Fri Feb 18, 2005


He could have had an accident sharpening his bowstaff skillz, nunchuck skillz, or met face to face with a Liger, and lost.
Posted by sbnature  on  Fri Feb 18, 2005  at  02:50 PM
"It is the zenith of cultural obsession to have false rumors of someone's death spread like goose grease across the land."

Ouch! Somebody block that mixed metaphor! Please!
Posted by Big Gary C  on  Fri Feb 18, 2005  at  03:13 PM
Just to let all of you people know John Heder is dead. He did die in a car accident. see for yourslef It is very unfortunate but true
Posted by Dannielle  on  Sat Feb 19, 2005  at  10:08 PM
he's not dead.. people just want other people to make a deal about it because they think it's funny... good joke people.. we're all on our knees laughing our rocky oad ice cream up.
Posted by owen  on  Sat Feb 19, 2005  at  10:23 PM
I've actually heard of this one. Some teenagers at a local American Eagle were talking about of the employees is my li'l sister's best friend. She called my sister and told her about it. Then my sister said..."I'm sorry, are you, like, the stupidest person, like, ever??" I knew it. My sister is not a total idiot. (The first thing my sister did when she got off the phone with her friend was to tell me. Then I told here to check online. She found here. She called her friend back and said, "Like, tell your co-workers that they're totally wrong.")
Posted by Maegan  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  05:06 AM
If jon heder died, i would have died with him.

ninjapirate, your going down.


please marry me (:
Posted by Therese Iacono  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  07:11 AM
yea...i dunno if hes dead or not. but if he is ill kill myself......j/k. i love him tho. hes a cool guy. way cooler than superman and even way cooler than my dog hannah banana and incase you didnt kno its hard to be cooler than hannah. u might be asking why? so ill tell you...her full name is Hannah Banana Chiquita So-sweeta....yea , i kno...her name is the best name ever but then there came this awesome guy named NAPOLEON DYNAMITE and his name blew hannah right out of the water...she was depressed. so , anyways , i agree with the american eagle sister " he like totally isnt dead! like , what kind of idiot would think that!? like , if hes dead then like OH MY GOD! i might like go buy a picture of him and like make a shrine and like never go out side again and like be like this totally like devastated fan!" so yep...thats what i think.
Posted by jack  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  07:47 AM
first of all if you go to this site it says he is dead but y would they put pictures of dear danncing in the background. i have heard to many rumors about this....first it was he overdosed, then he was in a car crash, then pedro died, then his brother was in the car with him, then HE CHOKED ON A TATOR TOT, then he ate a meatball sandwhich and got food posioning, o ya and the last one (my personal favorite)was he got hit by a bus then went to his car and was shot. seriously how do u ppl believe this BULLCRAP!
Posted by sara  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  09:15 AM
My friends told me last night that Napoleon had died in a car accident on friday. I guess it was on MTV news or something. They said that he burned alive. I don't know if I believe this. We need some truth to this rumor! 😊
Posted by Jenny  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  12:52 PM
i think this is all a bunch of bull crap. and if its not........what has this world come to? napolean is an idol to many and i think we should all eat tator tots and practice our dance skills and move to idaho. idaho is a great place......all the cows......rocky mountain oysters lol!........and hay. so LONG LIVE NAPOLEAN! (i heard there coming out with a sequel!)
Posted by Alannah Bruizeman  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  01:16 PM
OOOOkkkaaay. im not too sure waht to think anymore.... but if Napoleon Dynamite really did die... then WHy the hell would it be a secret? and there is no way the media wouldnt find out about this... this seems like some idiot who didnt like the movie Napoleon Dynamite decided to be a complete fool and start a rumor like this... please.. will someone set the story straight! did he or didnt he die? i <3 napoleon sooo freeaaking much... and id be soooo sad if he really did die... and if he didnt... then the ppl who made that rumor up should be shot.
Posted by jazzzz  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  02:20 PM
what did it say on MTV news, my friend said he heard suptin about it on there.
Posted by Hombrae  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  03:21 PM
Frig, you people are stupid. Who believes that! "Bambi ran across the road" yeah I really bet.
Posted by Caitlin  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  03:35 PM
lol ok, first of all, the site where it shows a pic of him coming out of a car, and dear in the background, even a freakin idiot could tell thats fake.. and that site is all jokes.. dont u think it would be on the news if he died? i look on the internet, jon heder dead, and all i get is roumours. and it said he drives a sunfire lol, u think an actor would drive a like $5000 car? haha..i think not.. ok bye
Posted by Jeff  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  03:36 PM
Ninja Pirate, you guys are frigen idiots.
Posted by Jo  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  03:38 PM
First, if the star of one of the most popular movies of the year died, it would be on and all the news sites and channels. It's not. Second, the only site that has confirmed his death is called, which after perusing his pages, doesn't look like a news site. Looks like a great plan to drum up site hits. Next expect to hear how the studio will secretly find a exact replica to cover up his death, you know, just like they did in the WWF when the Ultimate Warrior died?
(that was an urban legend too!)
Posted by Captain Platypus  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  03:38 PM

Posted by Caaaaitlin  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  03:39 PM
What's everyone trying to do? Make John Heder look like a freaken Idiot?!?!?
Posted by Jojo  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  03:45 PM
what the F.


how dare you talk shmack about my distant cousin.

the defect in you, is BLEACH.

I gotta go practise some dance moves.

Peace out.
Posted by Caitlin aka Jo's lover  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  03:47 PM
You Ninja Idiots better watch it. We all know I'm training to become a cage fighter.
Posted by Jo aka Caitlin's lover  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  03:49 PM
he did not die....i didnt belive it from the start. this kind of thing has happened before its just a silly prank that some corrupted weirdo started to make this controversy spread. well it did. they successeded. but i have looked all over the news and i havent found anything but those two websites. i looked on all the news websites, even the mtvnews and i found nothing. "The tragedy hasn't hit the media yet because Heder's parents wish to keep it undisclosed for as long as possible" the media doesnt care. theyd be all over the story. the mother couldnt control that.
so, i really dont think he died. he couldnt have. plus that ninjapirate website was kinda stupid and harsh if he died its not something to joke about
Posted by linda  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  03:51 PM
get a chat room...
Posted by kitty  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  05:12 PM
Posted by Chris Heder  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  07:12 PM
you guys are all morons.. napoleon dynamite was the worst movie i saw in years.. a 4 year old can come up with better jokes.. but the trend will hopefully pass in a month or two
Posted by peter  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  07:45 PM
-GAH! you guys are RETARDED!!....

napolean dynamite is pretty much flippin awesome..

-but who 'Freggin' cares anyways.. MY LIPS HURT REAL BAD!! im goin to the nurse for some chapstick.. i heard she had like 5 sticks..
Posted by Mo  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  08:23 PM
ok yeah so that whole ninja pirate website .... yeah that picture of the car ..... i can tell you all a website right now that has that same picture on there and that picture has been on there for like a year
Posted by person  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  08:45 PM
When I was told he was dead I almost cried... Stupid rumors...
Posted by Ailis is the coolest ever  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  09:14 PM
Alex, please never write about teen stars again. I think this was the biggest stampede of stupidity I have ever seen in the comments of your site. Some of them were so ridiculous I had trouble figuring out if it was parody or not.

It didn't seem like anyone got that upset when Johnny Carson died. At least he had more of a career than one movie.
Posted by Avi  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  09:16 PM
That Ninjapirate even spelled his name wrong... Its Jon Heder... Not John!! GOSH!!!
Posted by Ailis is the coolest  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  09:21 PM
Who ever thinks that Jon Heder is dead is a bum with a bowstaff stuck up it! Omg! You people are so retardedly ill to think that... and if Jon did die.... We don't wanna go there cuz we wouldn't want him to die! I Love this guy... and honestly he made this movie a movie! And without Jon header Napoleon wouldnt be Napoleon... he would be....IDK! but it wouldn't be the same... So who ever made up this thing should get a bowstaff stuck up their bum!

~Talk to you later~
Posted by Kristi  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  09:24 PM
1. It would be a complete shame if Jon Heder did die because he is totally awesome and a great actor.

2. Will people stop posting the ninja pirate URL and telling us that he died. NEWSFLASH: he didn't.

3. is my website. Check it out. Talk about other fake "deaths" and much more.

Posted by Paul  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  09:27 PM
hey...hes not dead...go to
Posted by amber  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  09:44 PM
Hey amber not to try and put you down but what webiste are we on now? :roll:
Posted by Paul  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  10:09 PM
To those of you that believe the rumor, when the fuck is the last time a highly acclaimed celebrity died and there wasn't a single newspaper article, or television report, and all you had was some corny looking blog almost poking fun at his death...AND YOU BELIEVE IT?! I swear to God people, if he died, it would have been everywhere, they say Napoleon Dynamite is bigger then The Godfather and it's on its way to becomming a cult classic, and, oh yeah, the star just died and no one cares except a shitty gossip site...hmmm
Posted by Chris  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  06:32 AM
MTV news on Friday said something along the lines of "...It is rumored that Jon Heder, star of one of the biggest films since Lord of the Rings, Napoleon Dynamite, has passed away after suffering injuries to the head in a terrible car accident. At this point not much else is being disclosed about the accident, but no assumptions can be made just yet..."
Posted by Concerned Citizen  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  06:48 AM
Oh my gosh, I will flippin' flip out at you guys cause youre retarded. Nap Dyn is like the ultimate medieval warrior, a car crash, drug overdose, or whatever could not flippin hurt him or his excellent skills. once again, flippin idiots.
Posted by Gabe Twedt  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  07:31 AM
I know he's not dead. I watched the Tonight Show and he was on. You gullible people are such idiots. He's alive and kickin.

Posted by Pedro  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  09:04 AM
Come on people, use some common sense. Anyone who has ever had to do research to write a paper knows about a thing called "legitimate sources" (i.e. sources where information is known to be true). For those of you who truly believe that Jon Heder is dead, I hate to break it to you, but ninjapirate is not a legitimate source. And although he sites another news source (Zimm News), he does not provide a last name of the author (which is sketchy), and, I ran a google search on Zimm News and came up with nothing. Clearly this is just some juvenile prank by an inconsiderate punk who deserves no respect, trying to get hits on his website.
Posted by Steven  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  09:16 AM
Pedro, In case you aren't able to READ this string and associated posts' the majority of people here at MOH don't believe this story at all. If you want to call people names shouldn't you be directing it at That pretty much goes for everyone... noone believes it. Just because it was posted here doesn't mean MOH is responsible for the posting. The people at that site are just as stupid as the people with the sites about Paul McCartney being dead. They need something to fill up there otherwise empty lives, something to get a kick out of... like pissing all you people off. Seems to have worked, not that we think they're cool or anything, but if their objective was to start a rumor and piss a lot of people off and sit back and watch them rant and rave (mostly in the wrong direction) then it would seem they're getting quite the laugh at your expense huh? Don't acknowledge them, and most of all, provide NO hits for their STUPID website. By the way Pedro, not that we think he's passed, but just because someone was on T.V. sometime in the past or present doesn't PROVE that they're aren't currently deceased. Most (99%) T.V. shows are "taped" including the Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno. It would be possible, but isn't the case, that he appeared on the show (taped at 4pm) and had an accident later that evening, and could indeed be deceased and NBC wouldn't have enough time to replace the airing. Correct? I just saw Johnny Carson on there a few nights ago... does that mean he's not deceased as well? What's the vote for by the way... if it's Village Idiot then you get both our votes. Peace all, calm down, he's still here...
Posted by MJN  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  10:16 AM
Why is this conversation still going on?
Posted by Paul  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  10:38 AM
I can't find any true facts stating his death except the pirate guy. I don't beleive a word.
Posted by A. Runnells  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  11:37 AM
I can't believe that anyone would think of anything horrible like that. Napoleon Dynamite wasn't just a hiraliously funny movie; it was also one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year last year as well. And Jon Heder receives all of the credit for it. So, why doesn't everybody just shut their gosh-durn mouths and give the guy a break for once.
Posted by the truth  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  12:06 PM
yeah, this spread around houston insanely. i was wondering if he died or not.. hm, thanks for clearing it up.
Posted by Me  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  01:30 PM
you guys are retarded!
Posted by Napoleion  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  02:10 PM
Who would take a website called "Ninja Pirate" as a reliable source, when the info has not been in the real news? By real I mean sites that do not deal with ninjas or pirates.
Posted by wtf  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  02:40 PM
he aint dead.. ut a fricking idiot GOSH
Posted by Liger hunter  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  02:41 PM
Posted by Liger hunter  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  02:44 PM
ok, did he die or not? eff i heard so many rumors that he did, even one of my teachers told the class 😖 but he could just be reading all the internet bullshit...but i'm sure that if he did die, according to that site, on the way home from a movie premiere, someone would find out and it would definitely be all over the papers and tv channels, so i think...its all BULLSHIT! but if he did die..i would be so sad =(
Posted by ronnie  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  02:46 PM
Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.
Posted by KIP  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  02:47 PM
Posted by napoleon  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  02:51 PM
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