Singer Avril Lavigne has reignited a conspiracy theory about her death after tweeting about her upcoming album.
The widespread rumour, reported in 2005, asserts the 32-year-old died more than a decade ago and was replaced by a lookalike named Melissa.
After it resurfaced this week, the story has sent a ripple of suspicion among fans, overshadowing the Complicated singer’s own updates about her fresh tunes.
Beginning production this week for the album. Wahoo. Pouring my heart & soul into writing these new songs for you guys. Can't wait !!!! pic.twitter.com/M8vBnkP1D4— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) May 16, 2017
Responding with scepticism rather than excitement, Kennedy commented: “Avril would never say “wahoo”, Melissa.”
Others shared gifs and memes, joking: “That’s what Melissa would want you to think,” and: “Melissa, is that you?”
ARE YOU MELISSA OR AVRIL pic.twitter.com/OsrGAj1GIj— アンソニー / Sunny (@smilelikesunny) May 16, 2017
ok melissa pic.twitter.com/FAQO5RlVHO— mina (@xminasax) May 16, 2017
Avril has been sharing pictures of herself returning to the studio over recent weeks, referring to the upcoming release with the hashtag #AL6.
It will mark her first studio album in four years, following her self-titled record in 2013.
But there are still some loyal fans among her wary followers.
YESSSSS #AL6 is coming 😱♥️🎶🎤— TEAM AVRIL (@WeAreWithAvril) May 16, 2017
And its going to SLAY😎❤🤘🏽— Alvise 😁💕 (@AvrilBlessedMe) May 16, 2017
YES GIRL WE ARE SO PROUD AND READY TO SUPPORT THIS BABE #AL6— Avril GERMANY (@Avril_GER) May 16, 2017
Follower Ronan even offered the singer some advice to dispel the death rumours…
The album is closer than ever sis we're gonna need this lead single as you're still going viral pic.twitter.com/pFuELNEoF3— Ronan (@mariahoutsold) May 16, 2017