But it wasn’t so. Internet search terms that stated “Steve Irwin’s daughter dies” simply weren’t true. And even as the “Steve Irwin’s daughter dies” searches were going viral, Bindi Irwin herself was happily tweeting away, including posting a photo of a beach and a video of a trip she took to Hong Kong.
So how exactly did the Internet decide that “Steve Irwin’s daughter dies?”
The Bindi death rumor was a problem with trending searches on the Internet. In this case, Bindi’s name turned up in searches as people searched on the keyword phrase "Steve Irwin's daughter.” At the same time, the phrase got tangled up in a phrase about the death of Steve Irwin.
As a result, the Internet created the phrase “Steve Irwin’s daughter dies,” and it went viral as more and more distraught fans continued to search and click.
So relax, fans. You’ll be happy to hear that “Steve Irwin’s daughter dies” is nothing but a rumor.
As for Steve Irwin, his death is not a viral rumor. The Crocodile Hunter died in a freak accident when he was stabbed in the chest by a stingray barb in September 2006.