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Rick Astley dead? No, just another Rickrolling hoax

Rickastley Little did many of us know it in the panic following the death of Michael Jackson, but the world was duped with the ultimate “Rickrolling” of all-time.

Yes, ‘80s singer-songwriter Rick Astley -- the guy who was “never gonna give us up” -- was dead ... at least according to one cleverly composed but phony report.

In the wake of fake death reports of Jeff Goldblum, Harrison Ford and even George Clooney, some enterprising pranksters used CNN’s user-generated iReport service to announce Astley’s death, says the Times of London.

Alas, the 43-year-old Brit, whose career got a second bounce through Rickrolling (the bait-and-switch Web links to his 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up), is alive and well and on tour this summer.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:47pm]


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