The Internet is rife with recipes, cat videos, and yes, death hoaxes. Since 'Flappy Bird' creator Dong Nguyen made this announcement that he would be pulling the popular game from the market, rumors that he had committed suicide have been swirling.

Nguyen is alive and well. The bogus report was supposedly started by the satirical news site Huzlers, that posted:

Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has just been found dead in his home with a gunshot wound in his head. Authorities are confirming that Nguyen committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a pistol. Authorities are saying that the sensational game Flappy Bird had something to do with the suicide.

Stupid.

Because Nguyen had abruptly pulled the game from the iOS app store and Google Play, the somewhat believable rumor spread like wildfire on Twitter and Facebook.

By the way, Jon Bon Jovi, Madonna, and Bob Barker (whose false death reports frequently circulate on the Internet) are all alive at the time of this writing.

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