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.