Hung swan song an internet hoax

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 March, 2006, 12:00am

It was - almost - a tragic day for kitschy singers and karaoke connoisseurs everywhere when news of the apparent suicide by drug overdose of Hong Kong-born American Idol reject William Hung began circulating in internet chat rooms and news groups on Thursday. 'Hung, famous for his botching of Ricky Martin's She Bangs, was found dead, apparently of an intentional heroin overdose,' one seemingly authentic 'news' report went. 'Ironically, Mr Hung was found by a VH1 camera crew sent to begin filming William Hung: Behind the 'Music'.' Viacom immediately decided to rename the special: William Hung: 15 Minutes 'Till Death. Friends of Hung say he had become despondent in recent days, the report even quoted a distressed former classmate.

Luckily, came to the rescue and confirmed that Hung is alive, kicking and, unfortunately, still singing.