Contrary to fast-spreading rumors planted by pranksters on Digg.com and Wikipedia, 15-year-old Miley Cyrus, pop singer and star of the Disney Channel's Hannah Montana TV series, did not die in a car crash on Friday, September 5.
As of Saturday morning, no such accident had been reported in any legitimate news source. The story is a hoax -- and a poorly spelled one, at that.
One version, attributed to "Rueters" [sic], reads as follows:
Actress Miley Cyrus Died in Terrible Car AccidentA very-much-alive Cyrus performed Friday night at the Fashion Rocks concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Teen star of the hit Disney television series "Hannah Montana" Miley Cyrus appears to have died in a tragic car accident in the early hours of Friday morning. The young starlet was on her way to the filiming [sic] of the upcoming "Hannah Montanna" [sic] Series when her vehicle was reportedly hit by a large truck. Witnesses estimate that the colliding vehicle was travelling [sic] at "At least 55mph" and had "Run a stop sign." Although rushed in a [sic] critical condition to Pacific Alliance Medical Centre [sic], the news broke quickly amongst reporters that the teen had succumbed to her injuries during surgery.
Update: Miley Cyrus Death Hoax Resurrected on YouTube