The Avril Lavigne Death Hoax That Won't Die

What Is Avril Lavigne Conspiracy Theory? Twitter Users Allege Singer's Dead, Replaced By Imposter

What Is Avril Lavigne Conspiracy Theory? Twitter Users Allege Singer's Dead, Replaced By Imposter

The theory, explained in massive detail by Twitter user @Givenchyass, states that Lavigne died in 2003, and it's her look-alike that has been living in her place since then.

An astonishing theory came to light two years ago, speculating the Complicated singer committed suicide in 2003, following the death of her granddad.

As of writing, the conspiracy theory thread on Twitter now has over 124,000 retweets and nearly 200,000 likes. "Proof" has included Lavigne's red carpet shots (Lavigne wears pants; Melissa prefers dresses and skirts) and supposed differences between the facial features of pre-2003 Lavigne and the current ones.

At least, so says a popular conspiracy theory, which, this week, has reemerged all over the internet. After all, she hasn't gotten this much publicity since "Girlfriend" was released.

Avril Lavigne's death theory is once again making the rounds online, thanks to another Twitter user. "They already had Avril's recordings of her second album so they chose to release it".

Other fans chimed in, noting mysterious, missing moles and freckles, as well as a particularly eery promotional photoshoot in which Avril has the name "Melissa" written on her hand.

A blogger said: "Launched in 2004, it is completely different to the first CD!" Melissa was supposedly hired by Avril herself beforehand to stand as her body double in an attempt to avoid paparazzi.

Avril Lavigne. Or not Avril Lavigne? With every tweet the singer makes now, netizens reply with jokes like "We know it's you, Melissa" or "It's ok Melissa, we're here for you".

Even when the singer tweeted her mum to wish her "Happy mother's day", yesterday the responses from fans included: "Happy Mother's Day, Melissa" and "Melissa, it's OK. The jig is up Melissa".

Though this hoax only became viral recently, this has actually been going on for more than a few years.

The fans have, of course, broken down their very convincing evidence thoroughly.

"The internet has been the ideal medium for the distribution of false information: very quickly a stupid - but often highly entertaining - story can be effortlessly distributed far and wide".

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