Fake news 1: Singer's death

Fake news: Oi, I'm alive, says Stefanie Sun

According to the singer's representative, Stefanie Sun is in good health and is preparing for an album launch next month.
According to the singer's representative, Stefanie Sun is in good health and is preparing for an album launch next month.PHOTO: APPLE MUSIC

Online story claims pop star had died after prop fell on her during a New York performance

Home-grown singer Stefanie Sun took to Twitter to quash an online news report which appeared on Wednesday claiming she had died.

Her anger was apparent when she posted a tweet on the same day, saying: "Oi, what's going on. I'm alive."

According to a story highlighted as breaking news on states-news.com, the 39-year-old was allegedly rushed to hospital after a prop fell on her while she was performing in New York on Tuesday.

The story added that while early reports mentioned that Sun had broken her ankle, "official news" confirmed the singer "died from injuries sustained from the accident".

Chinese evening newspaper Shin Min Daily News on Wednesday contacted Sun's representative, who dismissed the story as fake, adding that the singer was in good health.

The representative noted that Sun was in Singapore and preparing for an album launch next month.

The story about Sun's death was still on the website as of yesterday evening.

Astute music fans would have noted that the story carried details mirroring the stage accident that American shock rocker Marilyn Manson was involved in last Saturday night in New York.

 
 

The online story stated that Sun was performing a cover of Eurythmics' Wonderful. Manson was doing a cover of the British band's hit, Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This). The show was part of his Heaven Upside Down tour.

The online story also stated that Sun was three shows into a tour of the same name as Manson's.

It added that she had also broken her ankle at a show in Pittsburgh - the same city where Manson slipped from the stage last Friday as as he reached out to touch fans.

Manson is seen in a video telling the crowd that he broke his ankle, although he appeared fully mobile a day later in New York. He is now recovering from his injuries.

Sun is not the only celebrity to have been the victim of fake news.

Mediacorp actresses Zoe Tay and Aileen Tan were also the subject of online articles falsely claiming that they were endorsing a skincare product, reported Channel NewsAsia.

Tay was quoted as saying in an online article the product "saved her career". She had allegedly made the comments on American talk show The Dr Oz Show, hosted by celebrity health expert Mehmet Oz.

The management agency of the actresses said that neither of them endorsed the product.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2017, with the headline 'Oi, I'm alive: Stefanie Sun'. Print Edition | Subscribe