The frontman of Guns N' Roses, Axl Rose, is alive and well, and not dead as claimed by a fake news report.
The rockstar became the latest celebrity to be targeted by death hoax rumours, and according to a fake website that resembles MSNBC, Rose was found dead in his West Hollywood home on Tuesday afternoon.
The "news" item further added that Rose was found dead by police officials, who were called in by a neighbour to check on the musician's welfare.
"The home was entered by police through an open back door where a body was found in the foyer area. We have found no signs of abuse or foul-play and have turned the case over to the coroner's office to make a final ruling on the cause of death," Officer William Tenpenny, a Hollywood Police spokesperson, reportedly told MSNBC.Website.
Rose proved he's not dead by addressing the situation on Twitter, writing, "If I'm dead do I still have to pay taxes?"
Sadly, a good number of people were fooled by the fake story, and it was shared on social networking sites such as Facebook more than 40,000 times. There were many who took the opportunity to mock the musician and his career.
Check out some reactions below.
@xrocknroll posted on Twitter: "SO I WAKE UP AND SEE A BUNCH OF "Guns N' Roses frontman, Axl Rose, was found dead this morning" ARTICLES ON FACEBOOK AND HAD A PANIC ATTACK"
@markusrill wrote: "Axl Rose found dead? http://msnbc.website/axl-rose-found-dead-hollywood-home.html … Beware, strong chance you'll hear a real bad version of Knockin' On Heaven's Door today."
"No, folks, AXL ROSE IS NOT DEAD. His career, meanwhile, is about as healthy as Courtney Love looked at the Pam Anderson roast.That is all," wrote @David_stardem.
@haydenblack noted: "Reports of Axl Rose's death are false. To clarify, Axl Rose's career is dead. Axl Roseis fine."
MSNBC.website had pulled a similar stunt last month when it reported that "Home Alone" actor Macaulay Culkin was dead. However, that story was also proved to be false. One Wednesday another hoax claimed the life of "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan, who according to a fake story, died of a heart attack.