The world was rocked this morning when an emailed press release went out saying that Mark McGrath was shot and killed.
The press release read:
Musician Mark McGrath has died at the age of 46. McGrath was on set filming the second season of entertainment show Hot Package, when he was confronted by a masked gunman and shot several times. The former Sugar Ray frontman died in the arms of his co-host Derrick Beckles on the Hollywood set of the show.
In honor of Mr. McGrath’s legacy, his team is asking in liu of flowers, fans post a Sugar Ray Selfie, holding a packet of sugar over their heart. #RIPMARKMCGRATH
Then a few hours later, after his people confirmed he was alive, the PR company said he alive.
The release said:
Please be advised that Mark McGrath and his team have had no involvement in or knowledge of the media alerts sent earlier this morning.
Mr. McGrath is a guest on the show, and his death is merely a plot line in the premiere episode. PRISMATICS take full responsibility for any confusion.
In honor of their stupid campaign, I say let’s boycott the show. I feel for the people who work on the show, but how can anyone think that was even remotely funny?
So how did Mark McGrath feel about it? Here’s what he Tweeted, “To be clear, I’m only apologizing to anyone affected by this death hoax, as I am in no way involved with this really lame press release. I can only hope the people responsible will clear my name, but I won’t hold my breath…what was a fun cameo on a show, has become a bummer.”
On Friday, there were rumors that Macaulay Culkin had died, and yesterday he took to Twitter to dispel the rumors. At least, I think he did because he did so by recreating Weekend at Bernie’s and we know that movie was about two guys who pretended that their dead boss was alive. So at this time we will have to assume he is alive until he picks a different movie to prove that he’s still breathing like Home Alone.
Some fake news site called TMZ.today reported that Wayne Knight had died in a tractor accident today and star took to Twitter to deny the report. Seinfeld’s Newman said, “Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, butâ€¦.I am alive and well!” I for one am glad to hear he is still with us because I absolutely love him on The Exes.
BTW when will people stop falling for these obviously fake sites that report that actors died when they didn’t?
Jared Leto took to Twitter to declare that he is not dead…sort of. The 30 Seconds to Mars singer said, “Yes, the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. How could I be dead if I’m not actually alive? XO”
I try not to post “Not Dead” stories, but his Tweet was so ingenious I had to share it with you.
There was another death hoax today and the victim this time around was the ageless Cher. Even though her reps quickly denied her demise, the diva took to Twitter to respond to the rumors in a way only she would. She said, “Well here i am tweeting from the HereAfter! Its very Blue up here & thank God they gave me a view of the Sea,Palm trees & a Balinese house” She then added, “Lets tweet Later ’cause even though im JUST a Spirit im Hungry!!! Going 2 have a Tostada salade ! WONDER What they’re serving Down THERE ?” With all joking aside, she finally let us know that she is alive and she ain’t going no where anytime soon. She Tweeted, “LOVELIES,.Im not going ANYWHERE TILL I FINISH THIS FKNG ALBUM ! The ONLY RIP I KNOW HOW 2 DO IS “RIP IT UP! KICK ASS & TAKE NO PRISONERS !” I don’t know about you, but I want her to keep raising hell for a few more albums. There is only woman like her and we need to keep her here as long as possible even though she has a great view up there.