Britney Spears Becomes Victim of Death Hoax After Sony & Bob Dylan’s Twitter Accounts Hacked
Britney Spears isn't dead.
The "Piece of Me" singer became the victim of a Twitter hoax Monday morning after Sony Music Global and singer-songwriter Bob Dylan's official Twitter accounts were hacked and falsely spread word that the 35-year-old pop star had died in an accident. Spears' rep has confirmed to Us Weekly that she is in fact "alive and well."
According to Billboard, the first tweet appeared on the official Sony Music Global account (@SonyMusicGlobal) around 8 AM ET and read, "RIP @britneyspears," followed by a frown emoji and then "#RIPBritney 1981-2016." A second tweet appeared on @SonyMusicGlobal which falsely stated, "britney spears is dead by accident! we will tell you more soon #RIPBritney". Both tweets were deleted an hour later.
Bob Dylan's official Twitter account (@BobDylan) was then apparently hacked as well, with a message reading, "Rest in peace @britneyspears". That tweet has also been deleted and scrubbed from the account.
The hacker group OurMine has claimed responsibility for the shenanigans. In previous weeks and months, the same group has also taken credit for hacking the official Twitter accounts for Marvel, Netflix, and trade publication Variety.
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