Pele Dead? CNN Tweets Soccer Legend's Demise; Rep Shoots Down Hoax

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Pele is dead. At least one were to trust CNN, which many people understandably might given its (rapidly diminishing) reputation as a real news organization.

Fortunately for Pele, and unfortunately for CNN's future, he is alive and well.

The 74-year-old soccer legend is doing just fine despite a death hoax that gained steam on Friday and apparently duped the CNN show New Day.

And as a result, the network erroneously tweeted that Pele died (see below):

  • Pele Dead?
  • Pele Pic

A rep for Pele quickly shot down this “breaking” story and confirmed he's A-O-K.

A rep for CNN confirmed the network is going off the air in May. Just kidding!

Death hoaxes and false death rumors have always been around, but they've become 100 times common in the age of social media and declining journalism.

Just ask Pawn Stars' Chumlee or Wayne Knight in the past month alone.

Check out our gallery of stars the Internet has fake-killed below:

Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne has been the subject of more than one death hoax over the years ... and more than one actual near-death experience. So it's believalble.

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he was murdered?