Rapper and producer Missy Elliott is not dead, she confirmed via Twitter on Sunday.
I'm Great ppl 4 all who keep asking! Alive and well! Elliott tweeted. Enjoy ya night tweeps!
Fake death reports about Missy Elliott and fellow rapper Akon began circulating on the Internet on Sunday. The source of the fake death reports are said to be the same fake news Web site that has published the fake death of golfer Tiger Woods, Will Smith, Denzel Washington and other celebrities.
Despite having to spend a small part of the day battling the fake rumors, Elliott indicated that it will be business as usual once she clears up the rumor.
Yea Sadly sum1 was that miserable to make up such a cruel rumor! Elliott told a follower. It Makes me work harder make em mad!
I'm done addressing the foolishness! she wrote to another. IM ALIVE! God will deal with those who play about things like that!
The rapper told fans not to let in negativity, but to surround themselves with people who will motivate and inspire them to be great.
In June, Elliott revealed she was diagnosed with Graves disease about three years ago, but she has insisted that it has not slowed her down.
Graves diseases is an autoimmune disorder that leads to overactivity of the thyroid gland, causing the thyroid to produce too much thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland is an important organ of the endocrine system and is located in the front of the neck -- just below the voice box. The thyroid gland releases the hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine, which control body metabolism.
Controlling metabolism is important for regulating mood, weight, mental and physical energy levels, according to PubMed Health.
If the body is making too much thyroid hormone, the condition is called hyperthyroidism. Graves disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. Graves disease is most common in women over age 20, but the disorder may happen at any age and may affect men as well, PubMed Health stated.
Fake celebrity deaths have been surfacing for some time to now, with several fake deaths being attributed to car crashes and falls in various parts of the world.
Last week, it was falsely reported that Tiger Woods died in the Dominican Republic after being found unresponsive in a vacation rental. However, Woods was in Australia at the time playing golf. The fake report has caused many fans to take to Twitter asking if the golfer was in fact dead, hoping that mainstream media would have the answer.
Laura is a U.S. politics reporter for the International Business Times. She was always fascinated by the BBC World News each morning on the radio in Jamaica. That, and a love...