Britney Spears Death Hoax the Product of Sony Twitter Hack

Katie RamirezDec 28, 2016

Twitter exploded when the official Sony Music Global page posted a tweet that claimed Britney had died "by accident".

"Britney has died by 'accident, we will update you soon" went another tweet, again with the same hashtag and emoji.

Spears fans the world over were alarmed as tweets from not just Sony, but other verified accounts appeared to announce her death.

This was followed by a tweet from the official account of Bob Dylan - who is also represented by Sony - sending out his apparent condolences on Spears' demise.

The 35-year-old global superstar and Grammy Award victor is "is fine and well", Spears' manager Adam Leber told CNN.

"I assume their account has been hacked", Leber told the outlet.

It was discovered that the account was hacked, thanks to OurMine, which is a hacker group, who saved a vast level of trouble on behalf of Sony. Britney is fine and well.

It is not clear if the organisation was responsible for the Britney Spears messages. Some death hoaxes end with one single tweet or message, but this extra message made it more believable.

The tweets were allegedly the work of the hacker group OurMine, TMZ reports.

"Britney Spears is alive and well, her rep tells CNN". The company rectified the hackers posted the fake tweets and apologized to Britney and her fans for the confusion. They added that it was the first time they have hacked to dispel a rumor, but "maybe we will keep doing that".

Memorably, Sony's internal e-mail accounts were hacked nearly exactly two years ago and leaked to the public, which included details of corporate finances and correspondence between the company's executives and Hollywood bigwigs.

She had posted photos on Sunday of her children in camouflage gear during an outdoors excursion.

Sony confirmed Monday afternoon that its account had been "compromised", USA Today noted.

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