Cher in Twitter death hoax

Cher is still alive. Fans of the ancient lingerie-loving singer were distraught for a while after another random Twitter rumour suggested that she had died. "Cher RIP" started trending among the credulous users of the social networking site, before they were exposed as a hoax.

Unsurprisingly, some of the less bright sparks in the celebrity fuse-box were among those taken in. Kim Kardashian, the American reality TV "star" swiftly tweeted in response to the supposed demise of a fellow member of the American-Armenian showbusiness pantheon, "Did I just hear that Cher has passed away? Is this real? OMG." Interesting to note that in the Kardashian-Twitter universe, "OMG" is the appropriate way to respond to a death.

The 65 year-old singer is very much alive and kicking and refusing to acknowledge the notion of age-appropriate dress. In 2011 she completed a three-year cabaret residency in Las Vegas. Her 2010 hit, appropriately-titled You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me was a number one dance hit in the USA, making her the only artist ever to have number ones in six successive decades (even Cliff Richard can’t match that feat of career longevity).

Cher has been working on a new album, featuring a track written by Lady Gaga called The Greatest Thing. The album is scheduled for release early this year. So the death rumours keep the Cher name in the public eye at an opportune time.

Twitter has become somewhat notorious of late for prematurely killing off ageing celebrities. In December Jon Bon Jovi had to post pictures to prove his continued existence after Twitter rumours announced his death.

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