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Fake tweet says Fidel Castro dead

social media Updated: Jan 04, 2012 14:56 IST

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is dead, claimed an unverified rumor that spread like a forest fire throughout micro blogging site Twitter on Monday.

A photo that purported to show the 85-year-old dead in a coffin accompanied the message, The New York Daily News reports.

But according to Euronews, the claim is not true, and may actually be an attempt to spread a Trojan horse computer virus.

This is not the first time Castro supposedly died.

An e-mail with the subject, “Fidel is Dead,” was spread online in August 2011. It included a video, which apparently infected computers when played.

Twitter is often used to spread fake death claims. Jon Bon Jovi was another recent victim, causing the New Jersey rocker to post a photo on Facebook to prove he was still alive.