Just heard that James Blunt is dead. Is this true or what?!— sean (@fairbairnsean) May 6, 2012
A realistic-looking website purporting to be CNN is “reporting” that singer James Blunt died of cardiac arrest:
Entertainer James Blunt died after being taken to a hospital on Thursday having suffered cardiac arrest, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.
A Los Angeles fire official told CNN that paramedics arrived at James Blunt’s home after a 911 call.
Paramedics took Blunt from his west Los Angeles home Thursday afternoon to UCLA Medical Center, where a team of physicians attempted to resuscitate him for more than an hour, said brother Jermaine Blunt. He said the famed singer was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. PT.
An autopsy is scheduled Friday, he said. Results are expected Friday afternoon, according to Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles coroner’s office, who also said Blunt was unresponsive when he arrived at the hospital.
Many Twitter users are falling for the hoax:
As far as we know, CNN’s website is located at CNN.com not benkling.com. Twitchy verdict: unadulterated B.S.
Update: Via his Facebook page, James Blunt confirms he is alive.