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No, Britney Spears is not dead. Sony Music got hacked. by Mike Denison
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Britney Spears is not dead. 

The Twitter accounts for Sony Music Global and Nobel laureate Bob Dylan were hacked on Monday morning, and the hacker apparently sent a hoax tweet that the pop star was "dead by accident." 

The hacker collective OurMine appeared to be behind the hacks, The Verge reports. A since-deleted tweet from @SonyMusicGlobal was hashtagged #OurMine, and a tweet from @bobdylan referred to the group. 

Here's how the now-deleted tweets looked.

A representative quickly sorted things out.

But not before everyone had a moment of panic.

A least one person was emotionally unprepared to deal with another  celebrity death.

Others, of course, suspected a broader conspiracy.

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