Avril Lavigne is “mildly amused” by the reemergence of a bizarre conspiracy theory that wrongly claims the singer died 14 years ago, at the height of her career, and was replaced by her management by a look-a-like. As Gossip Cop reported, the absurd death hoax that resurfaced on Sunday maintains the singer died in 2003 and a woman named Melissa Vandella has been pretending to be Lavigne ever since. The strange and regurgitated rumor caused Lavigne’s name to trend on Twitter for a full day.

A number of confused fans commented on social media. One user, fooled by the theory, wrote, “I want to sleep but is Avril Lavigne really Avril Lavigne.” Another tweeted, “I’m not saying Avril Lavigne was replaced by Melissa Vandella but I am saying that I’ve never seen them in the same room.” Another expressed, “I can’t sleep and I’m scared to walk outside my room because of the Avril Lavigne theory.” “Just got up to date on the Avril Lavigne conspiracy theory…it almost had me believing it,” one fan offered.

Of course, it’s all fake news. As Gossip Cop confirmed, Lavigne is not dead, nor was her death covered up nearly a decade and a half ago. A source close to the singer tells us that while Lavigne finds the fake death conspiracy “bizarre,” and doesn’t understand why it keeps resurfacing, she’s “mildly amused” by it all at the same time.

We can also confirm that Lavigne, who has previously been the subject of other inaccurate death reports, was fully aware that the conspiracy was trending on Twitter when she posted a sweet Mother’s Day message. While ignoring the gross death hoax, she wrote alongside a picture of herself with her mom, “Happy Mother’s Day to my incredible mother and everyone else’s mom’s out there.” Gossip Cop has reached out to her rep for a comment about the death conspiracy theory involving Lavigne.

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