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

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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