Axl Rose Sees the Lighter Side of Death Hoax

Axl Rose, Guns and Roses
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Axl Rose of Guns and Roses performs during 2014 Rock On The Range at Columbus Crew Stadium on May 16, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.

No, Axl Rose hasn’t left this world for a paradise city in the sky. And he’s dropped an amusing tweet to prove it.

The Guns N’ Roses frontman is the latest musician to fall victim to a death hoax that's spread fast via social media. He assuaged the concerns of his 862,000 Twitter followers with the message, “if I’m dead do I still have to pay taxes?”

The beat-up was originally circulated Wednesday in a fake MSNBC report which carried the headline, "Sources: Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose Found Dead in West Hollywood Home at Age 52."

Guns N' Roses' official Facebook page has since posted a snap of its singer from the page along with the captions: "Ha! They say I'm dead -- again… Wait, what? WTF? It's a hoax. Guys. Get a life at"

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The Hall of Famer ought to know a thing or two about paying taxes. He's enjoyed somewhere in the region of 100 million career album sales, and, whenever he chooses to play, he's a perennial hot ticket. As for being the subject of an Internet death hoax, Axl's in good company. The likes of Jon Bon Jovi, Gotye, Chris Brown and Usher have all been prematurely buried online. 


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