Social media site Twitter exploded late Thursday with rumors that music legend Cher might be dead. Despite the rumors, the 65-year-old singer is still alive and well. Instead, Cher appears to be the latest in a string of celebrities to fall prey to the Twitter death hoax.
Rumors spread late Thursday that the legend passed away when RIP Cher became a trending topic on Twitter.
The trend allegedly started when user, @Lorraine_Star, appeared to retweet from CNN, which stated: American recording artist Cher dies at 65 years old. Found dead in Malibu home. However, @Lorraine_Star seemts to have invented the tweet as it was not originally posted by CNN.
Many users took to Twitter to respond to the trending topic, including reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
Did I just hear Cher has passed away? Is this real? OMG, Kim Kardashian tweeted. I hope this is a twitter joke and not true. I don't see it on the news anywhere. I'm praying its not true...
When it became clear that the news was false, Kardashian quickly followed up with an other tweet.
Can't believe people would make up a sick joke like Cher died. These people need to get a life! Thanks twitter for clearing that up! she said.
Other Twitter users picked up on the trend as well.
That awkward moment when RIP Cher is trending, and she probably doesn't even know she died yet, another user, @tonyy_boii wrote.
Other users responded angrily to @Lorraine_Star on Twitter.
Despite the Twitter trends, Cher is definitely not dead. The singer, however, is not the first celebrity to fall prey to the power of trends on Twitter. Paul McCartney, Hugh Hefner, Charlie Sheen, Jon Bon Jovi and Rihanna have also been targets of false news reports that have spread and become trends on the social media site.