It seems like 2011 was the year of the celebrity death hoax which involved many musicians. We use that term loosely for the sake of this blog.
Death is never a joking matter but you can't help but chuckle at the thousands of folk who got punked over fake death reports. Let's run through the most memorable.
Wondered Dead or Alive
The Los Angeles Times says that false news reports of Jon Bon Jovi found dead in New Jersey during a world tour had many in awe that one of America's most popular rock stars departed this earth sooner than expected. Not at all. He's still living on a prayer.
You know you wanted to call shotgun on Selena Gomez
Justin Bieber was rumored to have been shot in the heart by an assistant in 2011 but a tweet by the teen sensation quickly put that to rest. We're still enduring his hair.
Buried in Black?
"Actor Will Smith died while filming a movie in New Zealand early this morning - November 28, 2011," ran rampant on news blogs. Apparently he crashed his Porche. Not at all. He's still getting jiggy with it. And thank God. Marathons of Independence Day would have been the end of us.
Will the real Paul McCartney please stand up?
There was a rumor this year that Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by an impostor. The rumor originated in the Drake University school newspaper and was fueled by radio disc jockeys, according to the Los Angeles Times. They got it all wrong. Paul died when he was ordered to pay $50 million to Heather Mills.
Oh, that Kim!
When Kim Jong II of North Korea died that some how sounded strikingly similar to Lil Kim and some really smart folks decided tweeting about the rapper's untrue death. Don't ask those people about foreign policy by the way.
It was an overdose wasn't it?
There were also rumors of Lindsay Lohan's death in 2011. Really, she just had to do community service at a morgue. Depending on how you look at it, maybe it's just her career that got toe-tagged. We hope not. She's Rocks Off's trashy crush.
Is he dead? Let's call and ask him.
"Stop calling my phone. I'm not dead. Been in the lab working on my 19th album #NoTrespassing in stores Feb 2012," Too Short's tweet November 22nd.
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Dead people don't tweet
"I'm done addressing the foolishness! IM ALIVE! God will deal with those who play about things like that!" Missy Elliot tweeted in November.
Who are rappers going to get to sing on their tracks now?
Akon apparently died in car accident in 2011. And thank God he didn't. Getting thrown off his stage is on my bucket list.