Britney Spears Wants You to Know That She’s Alive

During a year in which David Bowie, Prince and — just recently — Carrie Fisher was taken away from us, Britney Spears was the victim of a death hoax when someone hacked one of Sony Music’s social media accounts and announced that the singer had died.

Sony Music Global’s account sparked frenzy among fans this week when it wrote in a now-deleted tweet, “britney spears is dead by accident! we will tell you more soon. #RIPBritney.” A follow-up tweet shared on Monday (Dec. 26, 2016) read, “RIP @britneyspears #RIPBritney 1981-2016.”

However, luckily for us, Spears is not dead.

Aside from paying tribute to the late George Michael, the pop princess proved that she was very much alive by sharing photos of herself hamming it up for the camera — channeling Charlie’s Angels, of course — and some poetry excerpts.

Sony Music confirmed to BBC that their account was “compromised” and that the situation had “been rectified.” The firm added that it “apologizes to Britney Spears and her fans for any confusion.”

“I assume their account has been hacked,” Spears’ manager, Adam Leber, later told CNN. “I haven’t spoken to anyone… as of yet but I am certain their account was hacked. Britney is fine and well. There have been a few Internet clowns over the years who have made similar claims about her death, but never from the official Sony Music Twitter account.”