Avril Lavigne Latest Death Hoax Victim

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By Michael Lewittes

Avril Lavigne

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Avril Lavigne is the latest victim of a sick, fake death hoax. According to yet another gross prank from Global Associated News, “Musician Avril Lavigne is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today – January 2, 2011.” Lavigne is NOT dead.

The fake report claims that while at the “Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, north of Vancouver in British Columbia, Lavigne lost control of her snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed… Lavigne was air lifted by ski patrol teams to a local hospital, however, it is believed that that the musician died instantly from the impact of the crash.”

So, does this rumor sound familiar? It should. Much like last week’s rumors about Owen Wilson, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler and Charlie Sheen dying, this is not true. Lavigne is very much alive.

Three weeks ago, there was an equally vile death prank about Morgan Freeman, and this morning there was a death hoax about Aretha Franklin. These hoaxes have happened many times before. They’re not funny. They’re not cool. They’re not entertaining. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Gossip Cop is at a total loss as to why anyone would concoct phony fatalities, and sincerely hopes the only thing that dies out are these horrible hoaxes.

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