Year: 2009
How she did NOT die: Like most death hoaxes, this one originated and spread on Twitter. Hannah Montana was believed to be dead for a whole ten minutes when pseudo-celebrity Peaches Geldof tweeted it out. According to her, “industry insider friends” gave her the top-secret scoop that Miley had passed away. Of course, this was tweetle-deed and tweetle-dummed all over the web. Peaches deleted the post after the rumor was quickly proven untrue. At the time, Miley was performing at a concert, very much alive, if annoying enough that many wished her dead.

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