There is no RIP before Mr. Robert Van Winkle—at least not for a long time to come, hopefully.
The "Ice Ice Baby" rapper better known as Vanilla Ice took to his Twitter page this morning to smack down rumors spreading on social media that he died in a car wreck.
"I don't know who's spreading this rumor about me dying in a car crash but - IM ALIVE ! I have like 30 texts, from mom family and friends," the MC tweeted a little more than two hours ago.
The culprit behind this latest celebrity death hoax—as is usually the case—is Global Associated News, the notorious site responsible for generating fake news stories about the demise of such celebs as Eddie Murphy, Charlie Sheen, Jeff Goldblum and others, usually knocked off via a snowboarding mishap in Switzerland or falling off a cliff in New Zealand.
In Vanilla Ice's case, its bogus report alleged the 44-year-old hip-hopster "died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell"—which, if you think about it, means it occurred somewhere between New Jersey and New Mexico. Per the site, Ice supposedly lost control while driving a friend's car at 95 mph and rolled over several times, dying on impact, with findings apparently ruling out drugs and alcohol.
Of course, as E! News previously reported, people can use a template from the Global Associated site to generate ridiculous fake death headlines to prank their friends (alas, it's the celebs who suffer for it).