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Boyfriend's Viral 'Selfie' With Dead Girlfriend Stolen From Morgue Is Thankfully A Hoax

19/09/2014 14:15 BST | Updated 19/09/2014 14:59 BST

A morbid image apparently showing a man posing for a selfie with his dead girlfriend has gone viral.

Even more disturbing is the caption stating the man in question had just stolen the body of his former lover (who is still in a partially-unzipped body bag) from a morgue.

The image made all the expected appearances on Imgur, Reddit and Twitter (where it clocked up an eye-watering 4,100 retweets and 2,200 favourites.)

Before we all start tearing out our hair and nervously contemplating the very future of the selfie genre, Gawker has come riding to the rescue.

It writes: “As many speculated, however the ‘dead girlfriend’ pictured in the photo is just a high quality prop. In reality, the picture was taken earlier this month by a production assistant… a fact the photographer confirmed to Gawker.”

The photographer told the news channel: “It was my friend who put this story online without my permission and he also put the crazy title.”

Relief.

The 8 Selfies You Must Absolutely, Positively Never Take

1. The funeral selfie.

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It's really too bad all her makeup got cried off, because the whole point of funerals is to take the attention away from the deceased person and focus on how you look. For more people who feel compelled to take pictures of themselves at services for deceased friends or family members, check out the "Selfies at Funerals" Tumblr.

2. The driving selfie.

What's worse? Taking a selfie while driving or texting while driving? Hahaha...you're probably gonna die.

3. Or tempting fate even further with the selfie in front of someone else's car accident.

Hahaha, that could have been you!

4. The selfie that shows your teacher having contractions.

When this guy saw his teacher going into labor, he had the presence of mind to hop up and get help take a selfie.

5. The bloody selfie.

Kevin Rudd, an Australian politician, is no stranger to selfies. Seriously though, did we need to know that you suck at shaving?

6. The hallowed ground selfie.

Get it? This guy is at the site of the world's worst radioactive disaster, where an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant caused a chemical fire that burned for more than ten days. A quarter of a million people lost their homes, thousands ultimately died and countless Ukrainians are still feeling residual health effects of the massive meltdown.

7. The selfie in front of a homeless person.

Because nothing says you appreciate your privileged life like taking a picture in front of someone sleeping on the ground. He even threw up the deuces...

8. The "look at this guy in the bathroom" selfie.

We were gonna complain about how privacy has been completely destroyed by the selfie, but this is just hilarious.