Is Remy Ma dead? Twitter exploded with death rumors that the Grammy-nominated rapper was stabbed to death in her prison cell after her Wikipedia page was amended to say that she died July 15, 2012.
Remy Ma, one of the 1990s' most beloved female rappers, was simply the latest victim of an online death hoax, as her Wikipedia has since been changed back to reflect the fact that she did not actually pass away on Sunday.
The rumor was put to bed after her husband, rapper Papoose, took to Twitter Monday evening to let her fans know that it was all a mix-up and that Remy Ma is not dead:
He followed that tweet up shortly thereafter with one taking Google to task for allegedly being a source of the erroneous information about Remy Ma's death:
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Google need 2 step they s**t up and stop pushing fake stories @freeremyma, he tweeted.
The Remy Ma death hoax is certainly not the first one to hit Twitter in recent years, as Eddie Murphy, Kanye West, Jeff Goldblum, Britney Spears, Morgan Freeman, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, Kim Jong-Un, Phil Collins, Gotye, Pitbull, Usher, Robin Williams, Keke Palmer, Patrick Dempsey, Chingy, Paul McCartney, Rowan Atkinson, Madonna, Soulja Boy, Adele, Demi Moore, Jon Bon Jovi, Cher, Tony Danza, Jackie Chan, Hugh Hefner, Mick Jagger, and numerous other celebrities have found themselves at the mercy of Internet pranksters who claimed that they were dead on Twitter, usually by getting a tweet starting with R.I.P. or RIP and a celeb's name to go viral.
The moral of the story is that you shouldn't take everything you read on the Web as gospel, especially if it's about the death of a celebrity and spreading like wildfire across Twitter.
Remy Ma -- birth name Reminisce Smith -- rose to prominence as a member of Fat Joe's rap group, Terror Squad. She appeared on the squad's mega-hit track Lean Back, and had success as a solo artist as well.
The 31-year-old rapper is currently serving a lengthy sentence the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Westchester County, N.Y., after being convicted in 2008 of assault, illegal weapon possession and attempted coercion in connection with a 2007 shooting. She is due to released from prison on March 23, 2016, though she could be let out early if she wins an appeal or otherwise earns early release.