Kanye West dead? Not true, says girlfriend
The controversial singer was reported dead in a number of email chains and as the Twitter trending topic "RIP Kanye West," which caused West's girlfriend, model Amber Rose, try to set the record straight via Twitter.
"This RIPKanyeWest topic is not funny and its NOT TRUE! He has people like myself and his family that love him very much," she first tweeted early Wednesday.
"Its in extreme poor taste to have that as a trendy topic. It's totally disrespectful to make up a story like this where all human," she continued, "and we all make mistakes and to say someone died cuz of a mistake is ridiculous. U wouldn't want someone to say that about u."
Amber Rose (Twitter handle: DaRealAmberRose) even tried to counter the trend with one of her own: "#LongLiveYeezy." Ten hours later, that topic had disappeared, but "RIP Kanye West" was still going strong, mainly with people who knew it was a hoax but were getting their kicks.
A sampling of the "RIP Kanye West" tweets:
- "Whoever started the RIP Kanye West hoax, thanks a lot for getting my hopes up. THIS MADE ME LAUGH. tx"
- "Kanye West did not die, but if he had, it would have been for our sins."
- "Is Kanye West dead? Thats kinda like tha witch in tha Wizard of Oz. Hmm... I wonder how much his shoes are worth."
- "Who ever started the RIP Kanye West topic, ima let you finish,But Balloon Boy had the best trending topic of all time. OF ALL TIME!"
The origins and reasons for the death hoax are still unclear. The site 4chan.org had posted the phony and elaborate report that West had died in a gruesome car crash in Los Angeles.
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