Yesterday, the Internet exploded with the rumor that Kanye West had died (possibly in a car accident). Of course, this is not the case — it turns out West was the latest victim of a death rumor on the Internet. The rumor was immediately refuted by West’s girlfriend Amber Rose via Twitter. “This ‘RIP Kanye West’ topic is not funny and it’s not true!” she wrote. “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.”
But West himself hasn’t responded to the rumor himself. Though he has updated his blog several times, he has not mentioned it there. And his spokesperson hasn’t made a statement either. Though it hardly seems like this is the sort of thing West has to respond to, a number of other celebrities have had a bit of fun with the false rumors that they had passed away. Case in point: When Jeff Goldblum was rumored to have died in some sort of accident in New Zealand (a rumor that broke the same day that Michael Jackson died), he went on “The Colbert Report” to report on the fact that he had not, in fact, passed on.
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It was a hilarious bit that Kanye could easily latch onto. He even has a standing history with the Comedy Central host, as they have kept up a tongue-in-cheek feud since he challenged Kanye West to an iTunes sales duel last year. (Check out the complete history here.)
Kanye hasn’t been seen much since the Video Music Awards, but why not make a comeback on one of the most-watched shows in late night?