A message began popping up on people's Facebook news feed a couple weeks ago falsely saying that Miley Cyrus is dead. The message is being spread by an app that tricks users into giving access to their profile and private user information, as well as posting on their behalf.

This has resulted in both an invasion of the privacy of Facebook users, as well as spreading the fake news story that the singer has died, when she in, in fact, alive and healthy.

The fake news story claims that Cyrus committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence "after a traumatic stress." It also claims that she recorded a suicide video message for her fans, none of which is true.

The Facebook link has been removed but that hasn't stopped the rumor about Cyrus' death from spreading. There is also the possibility that the creators of the link may create new fake links to get user information, as they haven't been identified.

This is not the first time Cyrus has been the victim of a death hoax. In 2008, a fake screen cap of a Yahoo! Homepage showed an article with the headline "Actress Miley Cyrus Died In a Terrible Car Accident."

Celebrity death hoaxes are nothing new, and have, in fact, become quite common, with recent false stories claiming the deaths of Paris HiltonJackie Chan, Justin Bieber, Hillary ClintonAngelina Jolie and Justin Timberlake.

This is also not the first time that links involving Miley Cyrus have been used to spread malicious links on the Internet. Previously, a link claimed to direct users to a salacious video of Cyrus, but instead gave users Facebook information to outside sources (sound familiar?).

Cyrus was also a victim of swatting, where pranksters call 911 claiming that there is an emergency at the home of a celebrity. In addition to Miley Cyrus, Anderson Cooper and other celebrities have been victims of this prank.

None of them are true. Miley Cyrus is alive and well, and the death of any high profile person would be on all legitimate news sources and not reported first on Facebook.