Gordon Lightfoot victim of death hoax

Canwest Global outlets reported the musician had died

TORONTO -- Add Canadian folk music legend Gordon Lightfoot to the celebrity Internet death hoax list.

Canwest Global Communications' news outlets on Thursday published reports that the Canadian musician had died at 71.

Those reports were quickly followed up by calls to major media outlets by Lightfoot's publicist and the singer himself indicating the musician was very much alive and the victim of an Internet hoax.

The Canadian singer and songwriter is credited with songs like "If You Could Read My Mind" and "Carefree Highway" that have been recorded by a who's who of pop music, including Elvis Presley, Barbara Streisand, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.