Gordon Lightfoot Is Alive and Well, No Matter What the Tweets Say

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Gordon Lightfoot wants fans to know that, in the words of Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain, the reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated.

Lightfoot Thursday joined the list of celebrities who were alive and well but declared dead via TwitterGigaOM reported that the same fate was suffered by Jeff Goldblum, Maya Angelou, Patrick Swayze (prior to his actual death), Zach Braff, Johnny Depp, and Kanye West — and Canwest News Service had the report on what actually transpired:

Fellow musician and close friend Ronnie Hawkins said the hoax began with a prank played on him. Someone pretending to be Lightfoot’s grandson left a message for Hawkins saying the legendary singer had passed away. Hawkins said he then told his wife, Wanda, who sent out emails to some of their close friends and contacts in the music community, where the false news spread further.

After false rumors of Lightfoot’s death initially emerged online, Hawkins was contacted by a Canwest reporter. In that interview, Hawkins reported that Lightfoot was dead. Based on that information, Canwest News Service sent out an alert and short story on the wire that reported Lightfoot’s death. Within minutes, Canwest was contacted by a representative close to Lightfoot who said that news of his demise was untrue. That prompted another alert on the wire that said the previous story should be disregarded because there were conflicting accounts about Lightfoot’s health.

If you could read Gordon Lightfoot’s mind…