After rumors circulated yesterday that Usher had died in a car accident (someone even wrote a fake news report), the singer tweeted his fans that he was just fine.

Usher seemed to take the rumor in stride, tweeting: “‘I must’ve died and went to heaven…Alive and cold kickin a**!!”

The singer laughed off the incident, posting several sweaty and shirtless pictures of himself to prove he was alive and kicking, but word of his demise nearly sent his ex-wife Tameka over the edge. She tweeted her followers: “I dont play the death rumor games.. That almost killed me.”

Usher is only the most recent celeb to be declared dead by the tweets. A few days ago, Twitter’s “RIP Keke Palmer” hashtag had the actress fuming, telling followers: “Y’all ought to be ashamed of your damn self saying that I died!!!!! I have to answer my phone to hear my sister in got damn tears????????”

The quickness with which information is passed around these days on social media makes death hoaxes and rumors that much more potent. Although it’s easy for someone to mistakenly declare someone dead, once that information is passed around on Twitter, Facebook, and the like it takes on a life of its own and has very real consequences for those involved.

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  • Ocean Blue

    I didn’t see or hear any rumors about Usher dying.

  • Bee

    Full grown men with absolutely no hair on their chests – just not appealing to me. From that picture: looks like a grown man face on a little boy’s body. But yeah, I didn’t hear about the death rumors. Why do people spread such sick rumors? That’s awful.

  • smm

    That’s horrible about the death rumors. However, I happen to think a smooth, hairless chest is sexxay. It’s a very African physical characteristic that I find appealing.

    Lord, knows I’m not trying to snuggle up with some furry-azz wilderbeast!

    • NoitAll

      Too True, smm. Too true.

    • QCastle

      I love hair. I love his beard.

    • smm

      @Q: Yeah I hear you, but for me the hair needs to be in the right places, like on the top of his head or chin or both…lol.