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Is Macaulay Culkin dead? Hoax site goes viral

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It was a well-calculated hoax to say the least.

It was a well-calculated hoax to say the least.

Contrary to multiple reports, Macaulay Culkin is not dead, though his career certainly leaves something to be desired.

Early Saturday morning, rumors started to circulate that the Home Alone star had passed away. The hoax has been traced back to a since-deleted Facebook memorial page that proclaimed, “He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”

It was a well-calculated hoax to say the least. The page linked to a spoof version of MSNBC. That site’s doctored report included bogus quotes from police officials, and it quickly went viral, becoming so widespread that Snopes deemed it necessary to debunk. Culkin himself also weighed in on Twitter.

But if you still need further proof of Culkin’s existence, you should head out to the Belmont in Austin, Texas tonight. His pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band, fittingly titled the Pizza Underground, plays there tonight.

Just don’t say we didn’t warn you about how bad it’s going to be

Austin Powell

Austin Powell

Austin Powell is the managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.