USA Today Falls for Author Cormac McCarthy Death Hoax

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Cormac McCarthy is alive and well, publisher says.

The Gannett newspaper ran a breaking news banner on its site and tweeted a false death report about the author.

Pulitzer-winning author Cormac McCarthy is alive and well, and USA Today has some egg on its face. 

The newspaper on Tuesday fell for a hoax, seemingly started by a tweet from an unverified account, which claimed that the 82-year-old author of The Road had died of a stroke. 

In a since deleted tweet and breaking banner on its website, USA Today stated the death as fact without any attribution. Not long after, the tweet was deleted and followed up by other tweets saying the newspaper was looking into the death and finally that McCarthy was alive and well. 

The author's publisher, Penguin Random House, said on its official Twitter account that a fake publishing account had spread the false news. 

Shortly after the hoax surfaced, Cormac McCarthy's name began trending in the United States on Twitter. 

A Gannett rep didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.