Soccer giant Manchester United was forced to confirm the health of club chief Malcolm Glazer, who also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, following false Twitter claims that he had died Thursday.
A Twitter user sparked fears of his death after posting details of a fictitious CNN report.
The rumor spread rapidly as Glazer's name trended worldwide on the social networking site, with the "death" even recorded on the 83-year-old billionaire's Wikipedia page.
The claims lost validation with CNN quickly distancing itself from the so-called report.
CNN digital producer John Sinnott tweeted, "At this time no one in CNN newsgathering or the shows have reported this or even heard rumblings on it."
Glazer's health was confirmed soon after by sources at United, who dismissed the claims as a hoax.
The Glazer rumor came a day after equally baseless claims on Twitter that former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev had passed away.
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