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If you ever needed proof that Twitter was becoming a law unto itself, this is the story to do it.

Reports surfaced that cancer-suffering Patrick Swayze had died because of gossip on the site and had to be denied by those working alongside him, while a radio station in Florida took the reports so seriously that they told their listeners. However, Roadhouse fans need not cry into their cereal yet, as he is alive, if not too well.

Swayze's aide Annett Wolf said: 'He is alive and responding well to treatment.'

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