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Miley Cyrus Is the Victim of Disturbing Internet Death Hoax

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When Miley Cyrus fell silent across social media this weekend, the singer became the victim of a disturbing Internet death hoax.

According to the Huffington Post, a Facebook scam proclaiming the ‘Bangerz’ singer dead spread like wildfire on Saturday, July 19, thanks to a photo of Miley lying next to a bottle of pills accompanied by the screaming headline, “{SHOCKING} Miley Cyrus Found Dead In Her Los Angeles Home!” And since Miley, usually so outspoken and constantly updating both Twitter and Instagram, was unusually quiet across social media, this only helped further the unfounded rumor.

MTV Australia reports that the scam was “designed to lure people to click through and spread online surveys to make money,” though eagle-eyed Smilers would have recognized the photo of Miley next to pills as a still from her ‘Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain’ video that she made with the Flaming Lips and Moby.

And while fans might be angry (and rightfully so), one person who reportedly finds humor in the situation is Miley herself.

“She is aware of the death hoax and thought it was actually pretty funny,” a source revealed to HollywoodLife. “By not responding, she thinks it is that much more of a joke because people are continuing to believe it.”

Of course, Miley Cyrus is far from the first celebrity to fall victim to the online death hoax. Zayn Malik, Chris Brown, and Usher have also been killed off thanks to Internet trolls, though they too are obviously very much alive today.

Smilers, what do you think of Miley’s death hoax?

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