by Free Britney at

Bindi Irwin, the 14-year-old daughter of late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, is alive and well despite a hoax reporting her untimely demise this week.

Bindi Irwin Picture

A rumor that the teen died started to pick up steam on Twitter Friday, and then "Steve Irwin daughter dies" climbed all the way to No. 4 on MSN trends.

We know, we know ... who uses MSN trends. But still! Effed up!

Two days ago Bindi tweeted a link to an interview she gave in Hong Kong, saying, "I had such a wonderful time there." And posted the pic above. She's fine.

Interestingly, the consensus is that interest in Bindi and her new film Return From Nim Island, combined with her late father's death, led to the "hoax."

In other words, chalk this up to technical problems and a bizarrely macabre trending snafu, rather than a deliberate campaign to fake-kill Bindi.

Time to switch up the ol' algorithm, MSN.

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by Free Britney at

Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's daughter Bindi sure grew up fast.

Remember the youngster back in the day as a cute little kid?

Here's Bindi Irwin at 14, starring on the Hallmark Channel:

Bindi Pics

Bindi is returning to TV as the face of Hallmark's new Friday night family movie showcase. She will star in Return to Nim's Island, the sequel to 2008's Nim's Island.

It will be her first feature-length film, but far from her first time on TV.

Aside from appearing with her dad on his beloved Animal Planet series The Crocodile Hunter, Irwin has starred in Bindi, the Jungle Girl and Bindi's Boot Camp.

Steve Irwin passed away in 2006.