Axl Rose Victim of Death Hoax

The latest celeb to be wrongly reported dead online
ByClaire GlasbyThursday , 04 December 2014
Axl Rose Victim of Death Hoax
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Axl Rose

Rocker Axl Rose has become the latest celebrity death hoax victim after reports of his passing spread online.

A report from a fake website hit the Internet on Wednesday with a headline reading, "Sources: Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose Found Dead in West Hollywood Home at Age 52." Designed to look like a news story from MSNBC, the false report suggested Rose was found dead on Tuesday afternoon in his West Hollywood home, and listed a made-up quote from a police spokesperson. The article was shared tens of thousands of times on social media, with fans reacting with panic to the news that the rock idol had passed away. 

However, the story is the work of a prankster, and there is no truth to it, according to Luckily, the singer was able to see the funny side, Tweeting: “If I'm dead do I still have to pay taxes?”

In October, actor Judd Nelson assured fans he was alive and well after becoming a victim of a death hoax and former child star-turned-rocker Macaulay Culkin poked fun at a story about his own passing last month.

In other Guns N’ Roses news, rumour has it that Christian Bale has been tipped to play the band’s former frontman in an upcoming movie about the group’s glory days. The film will see the legendary rockers get the full Hollywood treatment, and will be adapted from Marc Canter’s 2008 biography of the band, Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction.