Ellen degeneres alive not deadDon’t believe the rumors: Ellen Degeneres is “alive and well.”

The Internet exploded today with rumors that The Queen of Talk Show star had died today, following all the media frenzy after Michael Jackson death and Farrah Fawcett death.

After a series of tragic celebrity deaths this week – including Michael Jackson, Billy Mays, Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon – it was perhaps more shocking for Britney Spears fans to read the following Tweet on her account tonight, accompanied by a Twitpic of a cross:

Ellen has passed today. It is a sad day for everyone. More news to come.

Both the Tweet and the Twitpic were quickly deleted, but services like Tweetmeme have archived the evidence, proving that the message did indeed make it to Ellen’s account. Although clearly a hack that’s been quickly cleared up, it’s not yet clear how the perpetrators gained access to the account.

Remember Britney Spears death was also rumoured today in another fake hack.