Bebe Rexha Reacts to Fake Tweets Claiming She Died of a Drug Overdose

Bebe Rexha took to Twitter to shoot down false claims that she suffered a drug overdose and died. Read on for the singer's reaction.

By Samantha Schnurr Feb 03, 2021 5:03 PMTags
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Bebe Rexha is very much alive. 

The "Baby, I'm Jealous" singer was shocked to find she was the subject of death rumors circulating on Twitter Feb. 2. One tweet claimed CNN confirmed Rexha's death, falsely noted she died from a drug overdose and even included a fake statement from the star's family. 

"Jeez I stay off line for three days and not only am I dead but I died of a drug overdose?!?!" she tweeted. The 31 year old also shared a screenshot of search results for her name on Twitter, which showed the third result as "bebe rexha died."

As she continued reacting to the false claim, Rexha tweeted, "Omg god forbid what the hell. That's messsd up god forbid." She also poked fun at the fake rumors, tweeting to fans, "I'm a ghost. I'm tweeting from your bedroom closet. Boo bitch."

While it's unclear why such claims emerged in the first place, Rexha showed followers she is very much living and breathing with help from social media. Earlier in the day on her Instagram Story, she shared footage of herself playing a Britney Spears record and showing off her new manicure. 

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Unfortunately, celebrity death hoaxes are not so rare online. In fact, stars have been dealing with this issue for years, as was the case for Usher back in 2012. At the time, the singer reacted to fake news that he had perished in a car crash with a tweet of his own. 

"I must've died and went to heaven," he wrote, shooting down the rumors. "Alive and cold kickin a--!!"

For more celebrities who have had to shoot down fake death news, just keep scrolling. 

James Earl Jones

A parody news website joked that the Star Wars actor had died, but a link brought users to a page that read, "You got owned!"

Wayne Knight

The Seinfeld alum took to Twitter to assure fans that he is "alive and well" after several fake sites reported he died in a car crash.

Chloë Grace Moretz

The Carrie star was none too pleased to learn some mischiefmakers spread false reports about her dying in a snowboarding mishap.

Jim Carrey

So not funny! A fake RIP Jim Carrey Facebook page claimed the actor was killed in a plane crash. His rep, however, told E! News the Mr. Popper's Penguins star was just fine.

Eddie Murphy

The funnyman has once again fallen victim to the dreaded Twitter death hoax, after word was trending that he died in a snowboarding accident in Zermatt, Switzerland. Wait a minute—he reportedly died the exact same way in December 2010?!


Céline Dion

Her heart will go on. The singer may have been given a death by hashtag "RIP Céline Dion," but this Vegas headliner is not letting go!



Justin Bieber

Despite tweeters best attempts, the "RIP Justin Bieber" trending topic was just a fake.

Soulja Boy

The #RIPSouljaBoy hashtag fueled speculation that the "Tell 'Em" artist had met his maker. The truth: The singer is alive and well.

Reba McEntire

The country singer shot down rumors about her alleged death in Austria, tweeting, "While I would love to be shooting a movie in Austria, I definitely did not fall off a mountain! Nor am I dead! I am alive and kicking!!!" Whew.



Jon Bon Jovi

Wanted: Alive! The "Livin' on a Prayer" singer posted a picture as physical evidence that he had not died via cardiac arrest, and he's holding a sign reading, "Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey," dated Dec. 19, 2011 at 6 p.m., along with the message, "Rest assured that Jon is alive and well! This photo was just taken."



Missy Elliott

The rapper put rumors to rest about her alleged death when she tweeted, "I'm Great ppl 4 all who keep asking! Alive and well! Enjoy ya night tweeps!" The next day she added, "Yea Sadly sum1 was that miserable to make up such a cruel rumor! It Makes me work harder make em mad!" You tell em, Miss E!


Denzel Washington

Our favorite Remember the Titans coach has fallen victim to a freaky snowboarding accident—not really, but he did become another celeb on the death hoax list. Don't fret, Denzel fans, his publicist Alan Nierob told E! News when the rumor surfaced that "he is working on location in Atlanta currently." Dead men don't work!

Tony Danza

The Who's the Boss star supposedly met his demise by falling off a cliff in New Zealand, but it was a total farce




Jackie Chan

When somebody created a  "R.I.P. Jackie Chan" Facebook page, rumors of the Rush Hour actor's untimely death became the talk of the social world. Chan isn't dead, however, and he isn't a stranger to the death hoax, either. In fact, that was the second time that year that he supposedly met his maker—neither one was true, thank goodness. 


Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

After hearing of reports he had fallen off a cliff in New Zealand and died, Johnson got cooking on Twitter to prove the death hoaxers wrong. "I would love to meet the person who is starting rumors of my death - to show them how a dead foot feels up their ass," he tweeted.

James Avery

In a strange case of mistaken identity, folks on the Internet got the actor best known for playing Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air mixed up with Scottish soccer star Phil "Uncle Phil" O'Donnell, who did pass away in 2007.

Taylor Lautner

The Internet went wild when so-called reports hit that the young Twilight star had overdosed. Of course, less than 24 hours later, he was announced as a presenter at the Golden Globes, where zombies are typically not welcome.

Stephenie Meyer

Twittering Twi-hards panicked as tales of the author's demise swirled throughout the social network. Thankfully, she quickly posted a note on her website nipping the hoax in the bud.

Kanye West

The rapper survived a fake fatal luxury car crash and subsequent Twitter takeover.

Zach Braff

After the star's supposed death by suicide, he made a video to confirm his mortality but was still able to convince pal Donald Faison to begin rehearsing "Wind Beneath My Wings" for his future funeral.

Matt Damon

The Oscar winner supposedly went missing during a camping trip in California's Palo Verde Mountains, but look! There he is.

Britney Spears

Twitter took one of its first victims when a hacker posted a "sad day" message on her TwitPic account. Thankfully, the problem was solved the way it was created—with a tweet saying she's "fine and dandy."

Harrison Ford

Indy was on the set of Morning Glory in New York City when he supposedly died aboard his yacht off the coast of St. Tropez. We knew the star was magically handsome, but since when could he be two places at once?

Natalie Portman

Note to New Zealand: If ever a celebrity actually does die at the hands of your cliffs, we can pretty much promise we won't believe you.

Jeff Goldblum

Things tend to happen in threes, so when rumors hit the 'net that the Law & Order: Criminal Intent star died on the same day as Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, we were panic-stricken. Thankfully, the star's appearance on The Colbert Report to "confirm" the death gave us a much-needed laugh.

Paul Reiser

Wikipedia marked the Mad About You star for death at the end of last year. At least they had him dying happy—he was supposedly "discovered dead in the Squallahassee River where he reportedly enjoyed fly fishing."

Tom Cruise

Another fake trip to New Zealand, another visit from the Internet's grim reaper. The Top Gunman was in New York City at the time of his supposed descent from the Kauri Cliffs.

Miley Cyrus

The Hannah Montana alum spent the latter half of 2008 debunking rumors of her demise, spread mainly on YouTube. In September, a truck supposedly ran a stop sign and drove straight into her car. Two months later, she was killed by a drunk driver. And yet, here she is, smiling and climbing into her vehicle.


The comic, real name David Adkins, was the victim of a tragic Wikipedia bombing in March 2007 wherein some prankster declared him dead of a heart attack. He was alive enough to be outed as a delinquent taxpayer earlier this year.

Tom Hanks

The actor was in Canada filming Charlie Wilson's War in 2006 when the news broke that he had fallen to a sudden death in New Zealand. That really tricky cliff is the same one that supposedly took out Tom Cruise and Jeff Goldblum.

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