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Is Rick Astley Dead?

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Another hour, another celebrity death rumor. This time the story is that 80′s pop sensation Rick Astley was found dead in a German hotel room. Here’s the very official-looking news report that’s making the rounds – I haven’t been able to verify it, so don’t start putting together your Rick Astley tribute on your MySpace page just yet.

Singer-Songwriter Rick Astley Found Dead in Berlin Hotel Room

By LIZ SIDOTI
The Associated Press
Monday, June 30, 2009 1:00 AM

Berlin — Known for his 80′s pop hit “Never Gonna Give You Up,” the 43-year-old Rick Astley has been pronounced dead today. Astley’s body was found at the Angleterre Hotel in Berlin after an ambulance responded to an emergency call from his hotel room.

Astley was found unconscious in his hotel bedroom and was unable to be resuscitated. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Astley was in the middle of a concert tour that would have ended in late August of 2009. He was to return to the United Kingdom at that time.

© 2009 The Associated Press

So, is this yet another celebrity passing or have we all been Rick Rolled? I have a feeling it’s the latter, and I’m sure Astley’s wife, producer Lene Bausager would find any of these rumors amusing and I imagine it would be especially hard on his daughter, Emilie. To all of you out there who are starting these death rumors – remember there’s a kid somewhere who would be devastated to hear that a parent has died.

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Marsha Takeda-Morrison is a freelance writer. You can find her exposing her insides on her personal blog Sweatpantsmom, offering up mostly useless opinions on Views From The Pants and ranting about pop culture on MamaPop. She was a regular contributor to Babble's Famecrawler blog.

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14 thoughts on “Is Rick Astley Dead?

  1. Roz Fruchtman says:

    Geez… Doesn’t anyone have anything better to do!

    You are right… there are family members and loved ones involved when these rumors are spread! How sad IF it is true! How sad IF it is not that people would even start a rumor like this!

    I hope we find out that this one is really a rumor!

    Roz Fruchtman
    Say It With eCards

  2. N Seaton says:

    No, this was started on 4chan

    Proof Rick Astley is not dead – http://togoto.us/typ

  3. erika says:

    that was SO not a funny joke, however, people are saying that they are seeing it in berlin as we speak.
    but i dont believe it at all.

  4. Mike says:

    Just because of a type doesn’t mean it is not true. I am not saying it is true, but until further notice we cannot say for sure.

  5. SimonBellMusic says:

    just a rumour…..http://imgur.com/95HOu.png

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  9. Just over six months on, and the dreaded rumour amerges AGAIN...Rick Astley dead,jesus the JOKE is past it's useby date,...it really wasnt a joke to start with! I was never a fan but if your out there Rick i do hope your ALIVE and WELL! Kristina says:

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  10. Just over six months on, and the dreaded rumour amerges AGAIN...Rick Astley dead,jesus the JOKE is past it's useby date,...it really wasnt a joke to start with! I was never a fan but if your out there Rick i do hope your ALIVE and WELL! Kristina says:

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  11. Kevin S. Rowe says:

    Unlike previous fake celebrity deaths, the use of CNN’s iReport gives this a little more legitimacy up front, at least if you don’t know how iReport works. iReport is open to all submissions without pre-publication review: I could submit a story saying Rick Astley is dead at the hands of an advanced civilization of alien music lovers and it would be published until such time CNN pulled it it.

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