Online reports claiming Miranda Fugate, the girl hit with a shovel in a Vine video that went viral this week, has died as a result of the attack are unsubstantiated.
A story titled, "Miranda, 16, Who Was Hit In The Head With A Shovel, Dies" has been shared thousand of times since the video spread, but is without merit.
Simple searches reveal that it originated not from a valid news or celebrity gossip source, but a satirical news site famous for spreading death hoaxes.
Huzlers (dot) com reports that "Miranda Fugate Lockwood died of serious head injuries after being hit with a shovel in the head by an old friend, Emily Powers."
"The whole thing was caught on video and posted all over the internet and generated around 500,000 video views in just 2 days," the site also claims.
That part is true. Hundreds of thousands of people have seen Miranda Fugate hit in the head with a shovel. She is alive and well, though. This is untrue:
"At first, It only seemed like a minor head injury as Miranda also temporarily lost one ear's hearing," the bogus site claims, before reporting on her demise:
"Suddenly, while watching Mean Girls at home that same day, Miranda collapsed and died instantly. Doctors are saying she died of severe head trauma."
Not the case. She is alive and well, posting on her Twitter:
Because it's the Internet, Miranda. That's what it does.
She also acknowledges her recent trauma self-deprecatingly in her Twitter bio, so you know it must not have injured her that badly. Still, though ... ouch.
Add her to the (sadly) long list of Internet death victims: