Another week, another hoax flying across the nation like a huge, silver saucer-shaped balloon: Phony reports claiming singer Kanye West died in a car accident in Los Angeles this week have been circulating social networking Web sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
West's gorgeous girlfriend, model Amber Rose, took to Twitter to dispute the Web-based rumor.
"This 'RIP KanyeWest' topic is not funny and its NOT TRUE! He has people like myself and his family that love him very much," she Tweeted. "Its 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."
Kanye isn't the first celebrity subject of false death rumors, even with this year's high celebrity mortality rate: In late June, following the trio of high-profile celeb deaths (Michael Jackson, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett) false reports announcing the deaths of actors Jeff Goldblum and Harrison Ford began circulating the Web.