Macaulay Culkin Takes Death Hoax To The Stage

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Macaulay Culkin is the latest celebrity to fall victim to a death hoax, but unlike any of the others, he found humor in the situation and decided not to ignore it.

Culkin, who performs in a band called Pizza Underground, posted photos of himself in a Weekend At Bernie's type situation with a friend and later took the bit to the stage, shouting, "I'm alive!" at the beginning of the set. The movie, of course, tells the story of two friends who are forced to pretend their boss is still alive as the mob chases them.

The hoax reportedly started on Facebook, where news quickly spread that the actor and musician had passed away. Perhaps adding fuel to the fire is the fact that Culkin was accused of having a heroin addiction in 2012 after he appeared in public looking very thin and unwell. His publicist denied any drug problems, saying the story “is not only categorically without merit, but it is also impossibly and ridiculously fictitious. We beseech the responsible media to consider the source and its reputation and to please not perpetuate this destructive and insulting story by pursuing it any further.” Culkin was also reported dead back in April.

Last month, Judd Nelson was a victim of a death hoax and sent a photo of himself to the L.A. Times holding a copy of their paper as proof he was still kicking. Nelson and Culkin are both in good company; Cher, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, and Morgan Freeman have all been reported dead falsely.

Amanda Crum
Amanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum