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October 22, 2009

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Kanye West

Kanye West did not die in a car accident yesterday, as was tweeted all across Twitter and the Internet late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
According to, computer security blog tracked the bogus story to hackers who used the rumor to push the false reports to the top of Internet search engine results. By Wednesday morning (Oct. 21), “Kanye West died” (and variations of the phrase) had become one of the most-searched topics on Google Trends.

The faux story claimed that “a bizarre car crash in Los Angeles involving two luxury cars early this morning [left] rapper Kanye West dead, a second injured, a third arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter and a fourth person was detained by police. A Los Angeles Police Department officer who witnessed the wreck and saw a red Ferrari and a white Porsche ‘spinning out of control’ on Jamboree Road between Bison Avenue and East Bluff Drive.”

The article then detailed a made-up account of the wreckage and injuries, complete with quotes from an LAPD lieutenant on the scene.

West’s girlfriend Amber Rose had to jump on her own Twitter page to set the record straight.

“This ‘RIP Kanye West’ topic is not funny and it’s NOT TRUE! He has people like myself and his family that love him very much. … It’s in extreme poor taste to have that as a trendy topic. It’s totally disrespectful to make up a story like this we’re all human … and we all make mistakes and to say someone died cuz of a mistake is ridiculous. You wouldn’t want someone to say that about you.”

“RIP Kanye West” was still the top trending topic on Twitter at press time Wednesday.

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