This year has been a rough one, and in its dying breaths we’ve seen 2016 ramp up its quest to kick our asses just a few more times.
We’ve already lost Patty Duke, Doris Roberts, Prince, Florence Henderson, Ron Glass, Bernard Fox, and, most recently, George Michael, who died on the Christmas holiday. Then again, we also lost Fidel Castro. Yeah, I dabble in obituaries. However, the recent “fake news” controversy has finally led to false reports of a certain celebrity, who is actually not quite dead yet, being reported as deceased: Britney Spears.
But no, the iconic singer joins the ranks of Frankie Muniz and Charo of being surprisingly still alive, despite reports to the contrary — at least at the time of this writing. The controversy started when Sony Music’s Twitter account accidentally leaked posts claiming “RIP @britneyspears #RIPBritney 1981-2016” and “Britney spears is dead by accident! We will tell you more soon #RIPBritney.” According to reports, this may be partially due to the account being hacked.
“I assume their account has been hacked,” Spears’ manager, Adam Leber, explained in a statement to CNN. “I haven’t spoken to anyone… as of yet but I am certain their account was hacked. Britney is fine and well. There have been a few Internet clowns over the years who have made similar claims about her death, but never from the official Sony Music Twitter account.”
Naturally, one publication (The Mirror Online) jumped on the fake news before verifying the story, writing “Britney Spears is dead, according to Sony Music.” Surprisingly, the article did have the foresight to mention that the reports may have come from a hack. Reportedly, the article was then updated to correct the fact that Britney is, in fact, still among the living.
Remember, fake news has become an ongoing problem in recent weeks, and so it is always best to make sure you have proper sources before you believe anything, let alone write someone’s obituary. We at Viral Pirate, promise to always try our best to deliver you factual, timely stories, on a daily basis, that we’ve actually researched, even if it is a bit unorthodox. But we can all take comfort in knowing this…I finally have an excuse to include this song in an article. It’s a little dated, but you get the gist.