Relax, Gotye fans. Your guy is alive and well. He’s merely the latest subject of an online death hoax. (Dear CNN: You might want to put a little more effort into vetting the “news” posts on your iReport site. Sincerely, Accuracy.)

The “Somebody That I Used to Know” singer – and his management, for good measure – personally disputed the report.

(Wally is Gotye’s real name.)

It took about half a second for the inevitable joke to appear:

And only a bit longer for the requisite “yeah, but Justin Bieber sucks!” tweet:

At least the hoax was a change from the usual snowboarding death story we’ve come to know and adore. It’s all getting to be old hat for Twitter veterans.

But look here! Perhaps the person who posted the phony iReport story got inspiration from a high source?

Actually, no. First, Rob Delaney’s a comedian (he also posts fake tweets that supposedly come from Mitt Romney’s account). Second, a scan of the Obama 2012 feed revealed no such tweet. To paraphrase the still-breathing Gotye, surely the president’s people wouldn’t have to stoop so low. On this topic, anyway.

As one tweeter knows, this episode merely confirms Gotye’s status as a major celeb.