Lester Green, more commonly known as Beetlejuice, is a 51-year-old American actor and entertainer who has dwarfism and microcephaly. His career first began in 1999 on The Howard Stern Show, where he first captured the attention of fans for being incredibly entertaining and iconic. As a matter of face, Howard Stern dubbed him as the greatest member of the Wack Packs back in 2015.
Beetlejuice was also featured in several films and TV shows, such as Scary Movie 2 (2001), Doggy Fizzle Televizzle (2003), Beetle Uncensored (2004), and Girls Gone Dead (2012), among others. If you search him up on YouTube, you’ll find countless compilation videos of Beetlejuice, like “Beetlejuice Funniest Moments” and so on. Needless to say that many consider him to be a celebrity that’s not like others, and would be devastated if somewhere were to happen to him.
However, for the past couple of months, there were rumors circulating the internet which claimed that Beetlejuice had passed away. This left many distraught fans searching for answers.
Is He Really Dead?
Well, the truth is, Beetlejuice is actually still alive! Heavy confirms that the rumors are simply that—rumors. One of the reasons why we know for a fact he’s still alive is because of his social media presence. Beetlejuice has Twitter and Instagram accounts that have been incredibly active, with the former garnering over 400,000 followers and the latter with over 2 million followers.
These days, former professional boxer, Bobby Rooney, is the one managing Beetlejuice’s Twitter account—as stated on the account’s bio. If you check Bobby Rooney’s account, there’s no mention there about the actor passing away; not even a hint. It’s highly likely that the reason why these rumors started circulating is that fans confused Lester “Beetlejuice” Green with Glenn Shadix, an actor from the Tim Burton film similarly titled “Beetlejuice.”
In 2010, Shadix passed away at the age of 58 due to a lethal fall in his home. He has appeared in several well-known films and shows, including Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1999), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1993).
When fans saw the headlines saying that the “Beetlejuice” actor had died, they most probably assumed that news outlets were talking about Lester Green.
Death Hoaxes Remain Prominent
At this point, the internet is no stranger to fake deaths and other similar hoaxes, with some victims of these rumors including The Rock and even the Queen herself. As a matter of fact, it got so bad back then that ABC News published a quick guideline in 2014 giving readers advice so that they don’t fall victim to these hoaxes. One of the things you really need to watch out for is “bait text,” which contains seemingly interesting content but is actually something that’s commonly used in other fake news or stories.
It’s unfortunate that the highly beloved Lester Green a.k.a Beetlejuice was one of the victims of these awful hoaxes, but on the bright side, it’s great to know that he’s still out there with Bobby Rooney, doing all kinds of comedic stuff for videos to post on the internet.