RIP Paul McCartney, Twitter Hoax Kills Off Beatle (Don't Worry, He's Alive And Well)

Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: 2/04/2012 15:59 Updated: 2/04/2012 16:35

Beatles fans will be up in arms after learning Paul McCartney met with an unfortunate end today.

On Twitter.

It's not the first time the Liverpool lad has fallen foul of a Twitter death hoax, and it probably won't be the last.

It's unknown how the rumour began, but we sense the Mail Online may have started the ball rolling this morning when it referred to Sir Paul as "the last surviving Beatle".

The error has since been rectified, although what Ringo made of this is anyone's guess...might the slighted drummer in fact have sown the seeds and masterminded the whole thing in retaliation?!

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Poor Ringo: Daily Mail calls Paul McCartney "the one surviving Beatle" good spot changed on their site

As well as Sir Paul, Cher, Rihanna, Mick Hucknall and Jon Bon Jovi are just some of the others who have had grossly exaggerated news of their demise splashed across the micro-blogging site.

Twitter users are getting wise to the ruse though, as these reactions reveal.

Jessica ((:
"RIP Paul McCartney"? Twitter kills people more than Hitler did in his whole life.

Great, twitter just killed Paul McCartney. RIP Paul McCartney TT= NOT FUNNY not even as a joke.

Miley Cyrus Fan
RIP Paul McCartney? He isn't dead, it's just twitter on its killing streak again. RT and spread the word.

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