Rick Astley Death Hoax

June 30, 2009


Rick Astley is not dead.  In the last two weeks we have seen the passing of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, and infomercial kins Milly Mays, but we have also been inundated with death hoaxes.  The latest hoax involved 80’s pop singer Rick Astley, best known for his 1987 song Never Gonna Give You Up, who was reported to have passed away in a Berlin hotel room.  A false AP news report stated that “Astley’s body was found at the Angleterre Hotel in Berlin after an ambulance responded to an emergency call from his hotel room.  He was found unconscious in his hotel bedroom and was unable to be resuscitated. He was pronounced dead on the scene.”  Of course there was no official AP story and the link on the article brought you to a YouTube video of Astley’s famous song with the term “You’ve beeen Rickrolled.”

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