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Kanye West Is Not Dead, Just Victim Of Latest Internet Hoax

Rumor of the Rapper Dead in Car Accident on Tuesday Cleared Up by Girlfriend Amber Rose.

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 7: (U.S. TABS OUT) Rapper Kanye West appears onstage during a special Video Music Awards nominee taping of MTV's Total Request Live August 7, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kanye West

    First balloon boy, now Kanye West. The hoax drama. Here is how it went down. Tuesday night, word that the rapper had met his maker in a Los Angeles crash of two custom cars started on the image board 4chan.org. It quickly ballooned, pun intended, into e-mail chains and comment threads on Facebook and Twitter. By Wednesday morning (October 21), "Kanye West died" (and variations of the phrase) was one of the most-searched topics on Google Trends. West's girlfriend, model Amber Rose, tweeted, "This 'RIP Kanye West' topic is not funny and it's NOT TRUE! He has people like myself and his family that love him very much. ... It's in extreme poor taste to have that as a trendy topic. It's totally disrespectful to make up a story like this we're all human ... and we all make mistakes and to say someone died cuz of a mistake is ridiculous. You wouldn't want someone to say that about you." The fake story claims that "a bizarre car crash in Los Angeles involving two luxury cars early this morning [left] rapper Kanye West dead, a second injured, a third arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter and a fourth person was detained by police. A Los Angeles Police Department officer who witnessed the wreck and saw a red Ferrari and a white Porsche 'spinning out of control' on Jamboree Road between Bison Avenue and East Bluff Drive." The good news here, if there is any, is that West does not appear to have a hand in the hoax. Just a bored blogger.