According to many Twitter users, the famous Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez died on Monday, May 14th, 2012. But according to Colombian news sources and many of Garcia Marquez's close friends, the 85-year-old author is still very much alive.
Some might call it a Chronicle of a Death Foretold (which also happens to be the name of one of García Márquez's most famous works.) Others call it a Twitter hoax.
The series of tweets that set off the madness originated from what appears to be a fake account created under the name of Umberto Eco, an Italian writer.
Shortly thereafter, hundreds of tweets decrying the death of the Nobel Prize winning author circulated on Twitter. @ElGabo, which seems to be García Márquez's real Twitter handle, fired back in Spanish: "And what if we said that @UmbertoEcoOffic died? A false account." The @ElGabo handle has not been officially verified as García Márquez's real account by Twitter, however.
Jaime Abello Banfi, the director of the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Journalism also tweeted on Monday that the story was a hoax and asked that his Twitter followers not to believe the rumors.
Colombian news site, Noticias RCN, also confirmed that the rumors are untrue, though a culprit has yet to be identified.
Colombian Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez reacts as he arrives at a dinner in honor of U.S. President Barack Obama at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City on April 16, 2009. Obama is in Mexico on a 24-hour visit. (Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA: Colombian Nobel Prize for Literature 1982 Gabriel Garcia Marquez, sitting in the carriage alongside his wife Mercedes Barcha, smiles upon arriving at his hometown Aracataca by train 30 May, 2007 in Santa Marta, Colombia. Garcia Marquez didn't visit Aracataca in 20 years. (Photo by ALEJANDRA VEGA/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA: Colombian Nobel Prize for Literature 1982 Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his wife Mercedes Barcha lean out of the window of the train they are taking to his hometown Aracataca on May 30, 2007 in Santa Marta, Colombia. Garcia Marquez had not visited Aracataca in 20 years. (Photo by ALEJANDRA VEGA/AFP/Getty Images)
Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez gestures during a celebration for Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes' 80th birthday in Mexico City, on November 17, 2008. The octogenarian writer released a new book next October called "Yo no vengo a decir un discurso" (I am not here to deliver a speech), which collected together 22 texts that were written with the purpose of being read in public. (Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)
This file picture from December 15, 1986, shows former Cuban President Fidel Castro (C), Nobel Literature Prize Gabriel Garcia Marquez (L) and movie director Fernando Birri (R) during the inauguration of the International School of Cinema in San Antonio de los Banos, Havana province. (Photo by ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes is congratulated by Nobel Prize winner Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez during a celebration for Fuentes' 80th birthday in Mexico City, on November 17, 2008. (Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)
CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks with Colombian writer and 1982 Literature Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez during the IV International Congress of the Spanish Language on March 26, 2007 in Cartagena, Colombia. Paying homage to Garcia Marquez, the Congress was inaugurated in the Caribbean port of Cartagena, with the attendance of 1.200 people and the presence of Spanish King Juan Carlos. (Photo by PRESIDENCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA: Colombian writer and Nobel Prize Gabriel Garcia Marquez waves to fans, after the inauguration of IV International Congress of the Spanish Language, in Cartagena, Colombia, on March 26, 2007. (Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA: Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez (L) speaks with Bolivian President Evo Morales at Revolution Square in Havana, during a military parade celebrating President Fidel Castro's 80th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. (Photo by BALTAZAR MESA/AFP/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO: A young Mexican sitting in a cafe reads a newspaper that offers a special supplement dedicated to Colombian writer and Nobel Prize in Literature 1982 winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the day of his 80th anniversary in 2007. (Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman in a bookshop looks at the new book by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "Memories of My Melancholy Whores," during its launching in Bogota on October 20, 2004. (Photo by LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)