A celebrity death hoax involving Shaggy is making its way around the Internet, but fans of the “Wasn’t Me” singer can relax because Shaggy is not dead.
According to TMZ, a rumor spread that Shaggy was the victim of a fatal stabbing argument that took place in a bar. The report said Shaggy was involved in a Los Angeles bar fight that led to his death, which ultimately resulted in the worldwide trending hashtag #RIPShaggy on Twitter.
The rumor was further fueled when the singer’s Wikipedia page was updated listing the star as dead from the bogus fight. The Wikipedia page, however, has since been changed.
Shaggy’s rep told TMZ the death hoax is untrue and the singer is alive and well.
"[Shaggy] is like a cat with 9 lives … but I can happily report that he’s alive and kicking and in the same building as me right now as we speak,” the rep told TMZ.
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Shaggy, whose real name is Orville Richard Burrell, first hit the scene in 1993 with his since “Oh Carolina.” But it wasn’t until 1995 when the Jamaican-American singer released “Boombastic” that he became an international sensation. He also released super-hits “Angle” and “Wasn’t Me” in 2000 on his album “Hot Shot.”
Most recently, Shaggy collaborated with a myriad of artists ahead of forming his own record label called Ranch Entertainment.
Mickey Rourke was also a victim of a similar death hoax this week when Global Associated News reported the actor was snowboarding in Zermatt, Switzerland with his family when he lost control, crashed into a tree and was later pronounced dead. While Rourke and his reps did not comment on his death hoax, it’s safe to say the actor, like Shaggy, is also alive and well.