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Is Cher Dead? Nope, the Rumors Spread Through MTVNevvs Twitter Hoax

By Dale Eisinger   |   Monday, 07 Jan 2013 07:53 AM

Cher, a singer who has managed to stay alive in the world of pop music for the last 30-plus years, was rumored to have died over night, Sunday into Monday.

A fake MTV News Twitter account sent out the buzz Monday morning shortly before 2 a.m., making an immediate dent across the web.

The rumor spread quickly as fans spread the word and responded to this tweet:
The hoax account was able to pass off the con because of how it spells its name: @mtvnevvs, using to lowercase v’s to pass off a w, as opposed to the real @mtvnews.

The fake account has only 265 followers and has made only one other tweet that alleges recording artist Nicki Minaj has AIDS.

Incredibly, such a small account gained enough traction that even Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Christine Teigen fell victim to the ruse. But, she didn’t want to wake her fiancé, recording artist John Legend, a second time to reveal she’d discovered the announcement was fake:

Some fans cracked jokes:
Others had a tougher time dealing with the news:
And one user emphasized the 66-year-old singer’s legacy:

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Is Cher Dead? No, a fake MTV News Twitter account, creatively named MTVNevvs, posted that the legendary singer had died overnight. The hoax spurred social media reaction, as so many death hoaxes have in the past.
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