Although the internet and social media have arguably made them more frequent and widespread, bogus celebrity death reports are by no means a new phenomenon. During his lifetime, canonical American writer Mark Twain was the subject of at least two rumors of his premature demise. Of the first, Twain pithily commented, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”
Latter-day famous people have followed Twain’s lead and similarly responded to – sometimes utterly ridiculous – news of their own passing with a laudable sense of humor. Here, we’ve compiled ten of the very best such retorts.