There were a number of celebrity death hoaxes in 2010 according to theenvelope.latimes.com

Charlie Sheen dead snowboarding on Sunday? Nope, nada, nil. Eddie Murphy? He's fine, and according to Gawker also accused of snowboarding. Blame a faux "news organization" going by the name Global Associated News.

Oh, yes, the very ill Aretha Franklin? Also not dead as of Wednesday, though she is recovering from surgery and reportedly battling pancreatic cancer. Our wishes go out to her, and to her fans, who are so kind in comments.

It's funny how rumors get started!