As social networks continue to grow, so do the rumours of celebrity deaths. In fact, Justin Bieber has been pronounced dead more often than anybody else, although the teen starlet appears to take a light hearted view of his supposed deaths, once responding to "RIP Justin Bieber" Tweets with a "Wait – turns out I’m alive" tweet. Likewise, Britney Spears was pronounced dead courtesy of Twitter in 2009, after her account was hacked and a fake tweet announced: "Britney has passed today. It is a sad day for everyone. More news to come."
A similar fate appears to have befallen Nigerian singer D’Banj, after rumours circulated the Internet stating that the star was shot dead in New York by unknown gunmen. Rumour had it that the singer was returning from a visit to Atlanta where he stayed with G.O.O.D Music label boss Kanye West when the shooting occurred. Stories even stated that the singer was rushed to Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta, Georgia, where he died sometime later.
Police had even begun questioning suspects over the death, including the singer’s former friend Don Jazzy, who was in South Africa at the time the killing allegedly occurred. Kanye West was also brought in for questioning regarding the death, but before anyone could call out "April Fools!" the star himself took to Twitter to calm the fears of the growing number of people who believed him to be dead.
"Pls ignore the nonsense rumours. I’m very much alive and well! Thanks be to God! Thank you 4 all ur concern," the singer tweeted
His management further dispelled the rumours when they revealed that the artist has not been to the U.S. since he left Ghana in early May, where he attended a Vodafone signing event.
D’Banj is an internationally recognised artist, best known for his up-tempo dance tune ‘Oliver Twist.’ His music is generally a fusion of Afro-beats, electronic dance music and R&B, which can be heard on his debut album, No Long Thing
(2005) and his follow-up album Rundown Funk U Up
(2006). His more recent work includes the albums The Entertainer
(2008) and Mr Endowed
(2012), all of which were produced by the Nigerian based music record label Mo’Hits Records, headed by Don Jazzy.
In addition to his singing and songwriting talents, D’Banj is also known for being an excellent self-taught harmonica player. His passion for the instrument was spurred when his elder brother died in a plane crash, and one of the last things discovered on the site was his brother's harmonica.
Since his career took off, the singer has been honoured with a variety of awards including Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2007 and Artist of the Year at the Hip Hop World Awards in 2008, and was even appointed as Nigeria’s first United Nations Ambassador for Peace.
Although fans continue to speculate that the rumours of D'Banj's death must have been started by someone who did not wish the artist well, they will no doubt be thrilled to learn that D'Banj continues to live and breathe, and will be churning out more tunes in the near future.