Maurice White is dead. At least that's what the Internet is saying. However the Earth, Wind & Fire singer didn't die. He's just another victim of an internet death hoax.
Rumors started swirling around the internet that White passed away on Friday, December 21. The rumor may have started on White's Wikipedia page which said the singer died on Friday. The message then started swirling around Facebook and Twitter.
The rumor spread even further when rapper Q Tip started to tweet about the death.
"Oh no! 1 of my biggest inspirations MAURICE WHITE leader of earth wind & fire passed on today! A true master! RIP #mauricewhite," Q Tip wrote.
White may be living with Parkinson's disease, but he's not dead. He's still alive.
The official Earth, Wind & Fire twitter account put the rumor to rest when it said he is still alive.
"Maurice White is alive and doing well! The rumors across the web are false. Please spread the word," the message read.
Upon realizing that it was just a rumor, Q Tip retracted his tweets and wrote:"Apparently this wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_White ... is false and thankfully hes alive! which is THE MOST IMPORTANT point here."
Maurice White's name became a trending topic on Twitter as fans began to question and mourn the death of the singer who just celebrated his 71st birthday on Wednesday.
Some examples of tweets include:
"RIP Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire. Damn. :("
"I'm seeing that Maurice White of Earth, Wind, & Fire has passed away. If true, we have lost another great. His birthday was on Wednesday."
"Man We Lost A Music Legend Today! Rest In Piece Maurice White Of The Greatest Group Ever... Earth, Wind, & Fire! Prayers To His Family!"
White isn't dead, so the rumors can be put to rest. He stopped touring with Earth, Wind & Fire in 1994, but he still holds control of the band.
White is just one of many celebrities who have become victims of the internet death hoax this year.
Some other celebrities who became victims of a death hoax in recent months include actor Denzel Washington, actor Jim Carrey, TV host Jerry Springer, musician Skrillex, Rapper Lil Wayne, Actor Vince Vaughn, Tom Kenny, the voice behind SpongeBob Squarepants, country singer Taylor Swift, legendary actor Morgan Freeman, Comedian Bill Cosby, Alfonso Ribeiro aka Carlton from the Fresh Prince, and Bill Nye the Science Guy have all been victims of death hoaxes within the past few weeks. All of these celebrities are just fine.