Avril Lavigne can say she's followed in Paul McCartney's footsteps -- they both have a surprising number of people convinced that they're secretly dead and have been replaced by a lookalike.
Everyone's favorite punk princess started trending on Twitter Sunday night as an old conspiracy theory started circulating on the 14th anniversary of her single "Complicated."
Twitter user @givenchyass started it all with a lengthy tweet thread claiming that Lavigne killed herself in 2003 and her record label covered it up, replacing her with a body double named Melissa Vandella.
This story has actually been around for a while. It started several years ago on a Brazillian blog called Avril Esta Morta, which BuzzFeed reporter Ryan Broderick discovered was set up as an inside joke to show how conspiracy theories can seem true. In a funny twist, his amused tweets about the blog went viral and turned into a big internet conspiracy theory, completely proving the blog's point.
And now the story is back to ruin your work productivity for the rest of the day.