Tonight, some Twitter users are mourning the untimely demise of pop star Christina Aguilera:
Daaaaammmmnnnn RIP CHRISTINA AGUILERA . She was one of my greatest influences 🙁
— Just Neaque (@NeaqueBLVD) July 15, 2012
RIP Christina Aguilera 🙁
— Captain Getit (@_Dechado) July 15, 2012
what christina aguilera died oh no
— Your Flyness (@Sweetsglamrgeek) July 15, 2012
Such tragic news!
But hold on just a second. If Aguilera really died today, wouldn’t CNN and TMZ and other mainstream media outlets be all over the story? Why, yes. Yes they would.
And a few Twitter users erroneously believe that is precisely what happened:
… TMZ just tweeted Christina Aguilera was found dead..is this for real?
— DJ LaLa (@DJLALA) July 15, 2012
If you actually look at TMZ’s Twitter feed, there’s nothing about Aguilera there.
The “CNN” feed cited above is a bogus account (zero tweets).
Twitchy conclusion: these rumors are completely false. So, go listen to “Genie in a Bottle” and celebrate.