Is Miley Cyrus Dead? Just Another Death Hoax

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Is Miley Cyrus dead? No. The 'Wrecking Ball' singer is just fine. She was, however, the victim of a death hoax that spread like wild fire over the internet.

Hollywood Life reports that the rumor started on Facebook. It announced that Miley Cyrus was found dead from an alleged drug overdose. The death hoax is the same scam that has plagued Facebook several times in the past year.

In fact, this isn't the first time that Miley Cyrus was reported dead. A similar Facebook scam said Miley was dead back in July. When Hollywood Life reached out to her about the hoax, she told them she thought it was 'pretty funny.'

“She is aware of the death hoax and thought it was actually pretty funny. By not responding, she thinks it is that much more of a joke because people are continuing to believe it,” their source said at back then.

Softpedia reports that such scams should be obvious to most people.

"The message offers a link that supposedly leads to a video with more explanation on the death of the celebrity. When accessed, it takes the potential victim to a poor imitation of a Facebook page," they report. "The thumb image looks convincing, but fans of the artist know that it is actually taken from a video of her with Flaming Lips, called “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain.”'

"Unless they are totally determined to watch the video news, any user should be able to spot the signs of the scam, despite all efforts of the crooks to preserve appearances. A closer examination reveals that the comments section and the statistics graphs are images and no real data is presented. Usually, these are evergreen elements that will be used for other campaigns too. However, advertisements have been added to the page, whose main functionality is to make the user believe that the entire page is real, since they change at mouse-over action."

Is Miley Cyrus dead? No. But the internet is full of deceitful people who want you to think otherwise--and they want to garner page views and shares in the process.

Check out Miley Cyrus's (or any other celebrity's) web page--or a reputable news site--the next time you hear this kind of reported death rumor.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.