Bill Cosby, star of 80's hit sitcom 'The Cosby Show', refuses to admit he is dead.
The comedian has twice this year come under extreme pressure to admit that he has passed away. Twitter readers are convinced he has, due to several postings confirming what they thought they already knew.
"I'm really not dead," he told us from possibly beyond the grave, "I don't know who has it in for me, but I can assure all my fans, I am not dead!"
Well, the two of them will be mightily relieved, Bill.
Several stars have had to defend their right to live just recently, and this reporter wonders if it is a sign o' the times, as Prince once said.
Only last week, Nick Knowles suffered the same fate as Bill, when his absence from every programme on TV for a whole two week period, sparked rumours of a serious case of death.
So too for Dennis Hopper, who's so called death was 'outed' via Twitter. Although, in fairness to Dennis, he was actually dead, so maybe that doesn't count!
With the social networking site revolution in full swing, sites like Twitter and Facebook are a breeding ground for lies, false statements, rumour mongering and fictitious storytelling.
This trend of 'false news' seems only likely to spread and get worse. Thankgoodness then, for sites like The Spoof. A place of values, and informed reporting. A site you can rely on. A site which values bringing you the truth, the whole truth and nothing like the truth, served up in bite sized chunks, every single day.
Rest in peace, Bill.