Image via Instagram/BritneySpears
As the music world mourns the death of singer George Michael—who passed away on Christmas Day from heart failure—music fans had a shocking surprise the day after Christmas when, on an official SONY Music twitter account, news was sent out that Britney Spears had been "dead by accident."
Fortunately, the tweets were nothing more than a hoax, as the SONY account was hacked, and, within minutes, the messages had been deleted.
In a statement, SONY apologized for the misleading information on the 35-year-old pop star, saying they were sorry to both Britney Spears, her fans and for causing any confusion.
While SONY's hacked Twitter account was the main culprit of the Spears news, rock legend Bob Dylan's was also hacked, with the message "Rest in peace @britneyspears" about the same time as the SONY tweets.
It appears a group called OurMine is responsible for the hacks, as, right around the time the tweets were published, they had gained access to SONY's account. It isn't known if they were, in fact, the one who sent the tweets, though.