Alright everyone, chill. Willie Nelson is very much alive and kicking.
The rumor that the 84-year-old singer is dead was just that, a rumor.
How did the rumor start?
The death hoax originally started in February 2015, after a fake news website called MSNBC.co published a false report saying Willie Nelson had passed away. Note the URL, MSNBC.co, which is short of just one letter from the real news site, MSNBC.com. The story fooled many people, and as it happens on social media, the news traveled like a wildfire, causing more confusion. However, no legitimate news outlet had covered this news at all... because it was not really a news.
The rumor resurfaced on social media in April of 2017 and created a few more victims of the hoax while amusing the man himself. Nelson battled the hoax by... releasing a new song "Still Not Dead," which goes like this:
I woke up still not dead again today
The internet said I had passed away
What was the rumor?
The full URL of the fake story was http://msmbc.co/iconic-country-star-willie-nelson-dies-at-81.asp, however, the URL is not active anymore. Looking at the DNS records for MSNBC.co, it appears that the domain was acquired by NBC Universal at some point.
Here is the full text of the rumor:
Legendary country music star Willie Nelson was found dead today in his Maui home. He was 81 years old. Rumors of Nelson’s death first circulated early April 11, 2015 on social media outlets but was later confirmed by police.A groundskeeper scheduled to perform yard maintenance on Nelson’s property reportedly found the singer/songwriter unresponsive on the front lawn and immediately called 911.
“There was no evidence of drug abuse or alcohol and no signs of foul play,” said Det. Aldeson.
“Determining an official cause of death could take as long as 3 weeks,” said County Coroner Frank Shultz. “It’s just too early to tell what caused his tragic death.”
The shocking news comes just days after a recent “60 Minutes” interview where Nelson was quoted as saying “Life is good and I have never felt better or been happier.”
So, relax and enjoy Nelson's new song, Still not dead. And while we are at it, also remember that people like Willie Nelson never die.