Celine Dion performs in New York City following death hoaxes

Celine Dion was in New York City on Monday to promote her latest album -- ironically titled, Loved Me Back to Life -- following rumours that the Canadian songstress had died.

Celine, who is alive and well, performed on NBC's Today Show and for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where she happily signed autographs for fans.

The fake news that had been circulating these past few days was apparently a morbid death hoax that went viral, thanks to social-networking site Facebook.

There were two different stories that had been circulating across site users’ pages and gaining traction online. One outlet, posing as Fox News, reported that the 45-year-old songbird had died in a car crash. Another, posing as CNN, reported she had been a plane-crash victim. Both claimed to have exclusive video of the incident.

 

Facebook users were told to click on a button for more information, but according to debunking website About.com, the apps were designed to access members' profile information and friends lists, thus reproducing the hoax on those pages.

Other stars who have recently been victimized by web-based death hoaxes include Justin Bieber, Bill Nye and Britney Spears.

Celine’s new album is set to hit stores Nov. 5. 

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