Has Willie Nelson died? That’s the question fans are asking after a years-old rumor surfaced yet again in late May 2017.

The answer is still the same, however: Willie Nelson is not dead. Heck, Willie Nelson will probably never die, he’ll just kind of fade into a cloud of marijuana smoke.

As Snopes reported, Willie Nelson appears to be a frequent target of death rumors and hoaxes.

In 2015, a fake news story got the ball rolling on what would become a semi-regular thing – that is, alleging that Nelson had died when in fact he’s still very much alive.

So why does Willie Nelson continue to pop up as the target of celebrity death rumors? Two reasons: believability combined with the ease in which shysters can peddle fake news.

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Named for former South African president Nelson Mandela, the Mandela Effect refers to the fact that millions of people around the world swear up and down that they remember hearing about Mandela dying in a South African prison in the 1980s.

The problem is, Nelson Mandela did not die in a South African prison in the 1980s.

So maybe in a parallel universe, Willie Nelson really did die.

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