Miley Cyrus Silences Death Rumors with Topless Instagram Pic

11:23 AM PST 07/22/2014 by Joe Lynch, Billboard
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Miley Cyrus isn't dead — just topless on Instagram.

That's definitely one way to put viral rumors to rest.

Miley Cyrus death rumors started circulating online over the weekend, with scammers "reporting" on the hoax and some fans believing it, pointing out that Cyrus hadn't posted anything on social media in three days.

Well, the Miley drought is officially over — not only is the Bangerz star alive, but she's topless in the desert. Just another day in the life of the one-woman Wrecking Ball. 

The death hoax started with a click-grabbing scam on Facebook that read, "(SHOCKING) Miley Cyrus Found Dead in Her Los Angeles Home! Country singer Miley Cyrus found overdosed this afternoon in her Los Angeles home."

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You'd think describing Cyrus as a "country singer" would have been enough of a tip that whoever wrote this had no idea what they were talking about — she retains only a slight country twang from her daddy, Billy Ray Cyrus — but viral news needs no truth to be able to spread.

Fortunately, Cyrus herself put the rumors to rest when she returned to Instagram, uploading a slew of pics, including one where she goes topless in the desert. But unlike Lady Gaga, Miley's not ready to #FreeTheNipple just yet: She turned her back to the camera, unlike the more revealing Instagram shot she shared earlier this year.

Regardless, it's good to see Miley is alive and well and still can't be tamed.

This story originally appeared on Billboard.com.

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