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Bindi Irwin Not Dead; Trending Hoax to Blame For False Report

June 15, 2013

Bindi Irwin, the 14-year-old daughter of late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, is alive and well despite a hoax reporting her untimely demise this week.

A rumor that the teen died started to pick up steam on Twitter Friday, and then "Steve Irwin daughter dies" climbed all the way to No. 4 on MSN trends.

We know, we know ... who uses MSN trends. But still! Effed up!

Two days ago Bindi tweeted a link to an interview she gave in Hong Kong, saying, "I had such a wonderful time there." And posted the pic above. She's fine.

Interestingly, the consensus is that interest in Bindi and her new film Return From Nim Island, combined with her late father's death, led to the "hoax."

In other words, chalk this up to technical problems and a bizarrely macabre trending snafu, rather than a deliberate campaign to fake-kill Bindi.

Time to switch up the ol' algorithm, MSN.

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