Cher is alive and well

Gay icon victim of death hoax that fooled Kim Kardashian among others

Cher is alive and well
27 January 2012

It has often been joked that in the aftermath of a nuclear war, only two things would survive: cockroaches and Cher.

But plenty of folks – including Kim Kardashian – believed a death rumor on Twitter Thursday night about the 65-year-old gay icon. Cher is quite active on Twitter but has not posted any tweets since Jan. 22.

Helping to propel the hoax was when Kardashian sent out this tweet to her 12.8 million followers on Twitter: 'Did I just hear Cher has passed away? Is this real? OMG.'

'I hope this is a twitter joke and not true,' Kardashian added. 'I don't see it on the news anywhere. I'm praying its not true…'

It is not true and Cher resurfaced on Twitter Friday evening with a sense of humor about it all.

She wrote to her more than 470,000 followers: 'Well here i am tweeting from the HereAfter! Its very Blue up here & thank God they gave me a view of the Sea,Palm trees & a Balinese house.'

Cher added in a subsequent tweet: 'LOVELIES,.Im not going ANYWHERE TILL I FINISH THIS FKNG ALBUM ! The ONLY RIP I KNOW HOW 2 DO IS "RIP IT UP! KICK ASS & TAKE NO PRISONERS !'

According to the Los Angeles Times, here is how the hoax got started: A Twitter follower by the name of @Lorraine_star tweeted that Cher had died to Justin Bieber's account then followed that with a phoney retweet of a fake CNN message which stated: 'American recording artist Cher dies at 65 years old. Found dead in Malibu home.'

Cher's close friend Loree Rodkin had taken to Twitter Thursday night to try and quickly squelch the rumor: “Whoever started that stupid rumor needs to have their face dragged across concrete… #cher is FINE. 'She’s so NOT dead.'

Cher, the mother of transgender activist Chaz Bono, has been a star for nearly 50 years and won an Oscar, Grammy and Emmy. Her most recent film, Burlesque, bombed at the box office in 2010 but the star is currently working on her first new studio album in nearly a decade.

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