Despite what many may have read recently, Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose is not dead. The singer has confirmed he’s still among the living with a couple of tweets on his personal account, as well as some sarcastic posts on the official Guns N’ Roses social media page.
The death hoax began when a fake news outlet posted a story saying the 52-year-old had been found dead in his West Hollywood home around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The site is a hoax website with an MSNBC URL. It’s designed to look like the network’s website but has absolutely no affiliation with the actual news organization. In fact, this isn’t the first time that the site has spawned a death hoax around a celebrity. The Hollywood Reporter notes that it ran a story about the death of “Home Alone” actor Macaulay Culkin in November.
According to Hollywood Life, it didn’t take long for fans to find the article and believe what it said. Condolences began pouring out for the singer on social media before he came forward and announced that he’s still alive.
“If I’m dead do I still have to pay taxes?” he quipped on his Twitter account Wednesday (one day after he’d supposedly died in L.A.). He then tweeted a spooky photo of a ghost looming over a recording panel in a studio.
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) December 4, 2014