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Casey Johnson Casey Johnson
July 21st, 2014 4:01pm EDT

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Usually death hoaxes are mean-spirited but ultimately harmless for those who bother to read the story, but this time a site is trying to make money by scamming worried Miley Cyrus fans.

A viral photo spreading across Facebook claims, "{SHOCKING) Miley Cyrus Found Dead in Her Los Angeles Home! Country singer Miley Cyrus found overdosed this afternoon in her Los Angeles home." Owl-eyed users weren't fooled by the photo, which was a still from her bizarre music video with The Flaming Lips. Also, "Country singer?"

Despite some oddities with the photo, The Epoch Times reports many users clicked the photo – only to be greeted with a fake site designed to look like Facebook. The site demanded the story be shared before they could read it, which served to spread the scam further. In the end, there's no actual story about her death.

To make matters worse, Cyrus is apparently happy with her alleged death and hasn't refuted it. Hollywoodlife cites a source saying, "She is aware of the death hoax and thought it was actually pretty funny. By not responding, she thinks it is that much more of a joke because people are continuing to believe it." Cyrus hasn't posted to her social media sites, but she's very much alive.

This is actually the third time Cyrus has been reported to have died this year. Rumors swirled after she was hospitalized with a nasty allergy in April, and in January a photoshopped screenshot of the BBC website claimed Miley had passed away.

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