intro: Macaulay Culkin is the latest target of a celebrity death hoax, and like other stars before him, he responded to the news of his early demise with humor.
The 34-year-old star of the first two "Home Alone" movies, "My Girl" and "Uncle Buck," took to Instagram to debunk the reports. He did so by parodying a scene from the 1989 movie "Weekend at Bernie's" about two insurance company workers who discover their boss, Bernie, is dead but spend the rest of the film carting his body around to maintain the illusion that he's still alive.
With the help of his bandmate in The Pizza Underground, his Velvet Underground tribute group, Culkin poked fun at the rumors.
And in case there was any doubt that he's very much alive, he posted a second pic.
It's not the first time the star was the target of a death hoax. Reports also surfaced in April.
Nor is he likely to be the last celebrity target. Check out some other clever responses from celebrities to news of their own deaths.
Does someone have to DIE to trend? Geez! Thanks for all the love everybody. I didn’t know you cared. Glad to be breathing!— Wayne Knight (@iWayneKnight) March 16, 2014
Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, but….I am alive and well!— Wayne Knight (@iWayneKnight) March 16, 2014
Jon Bon Jovi
Reba McEntire In 2012, Reba McEntire debunked her death hoax on her WhoSay page: "There is a rumor going around that I died after falling off a mountain in Austria yesterday while shooting a movie. While I would love to be shooting a movie in Austria, I definitely did not fall off a mountain! Nor am I dead! I am alive and kicking!!! Most of you know this already because I've been giving you daily accounts of Shelby's race. Oh well. Have a great day."
Zach Braff Back in 2009, Zach Braff nipped a death rumor in the bud by filming a video from the set of his hit series, "Scrubs."
On set in Montreal. Alive and well. :-)— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) September 8, 2012
Bloody hell. I better cancel the milk. http://t.co/sCoj9Vbu— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) August 25, 2012