Gordon Lightfoot alive, despite Twitter hoax

There’s an old Mark Twain saying: a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Gordon Lightfoot certainly understands this proverb. The news of the 71-year-old legendary Canadian singer-songwriter’s death spread across social network Twitter on Thursday — but was premature.

Lightfoot is still alive and doing quite well, thank you very much.

“I haven’t had so much airplay on my music now for weeks,” Lightfoot joked during an interview disproving the Internet rumour with Toronto’s TV news station CP24.

Among Lightfoot’s best-known hits are “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”.

Recent Twitter death hoax victims have included pop star Justin Bieber, and actor Johnny Depp. Both are also currently alive and well.

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