A horrifying video posted to YouTube on Jan. 3 – which features footage of a brutal and disturbing car accident – was titled "Ricky Martin dead in tragic accident New Year's day," and that was all it took for a fake story to take the internet by storm.
Obviously, Ricky Martin isn't dead. In fact, he's busy making jokes about his own fake death on Instagram. Like this photo of him overlooking a stunning, exotic vista with the setting sun forming a halo of light around his head.
He captioned the photo: "#Sunset in #heaven."
Martin is one of many stars who have been the subject of death hoaxes, which seem to be increasingly frequent. From Jeff Goldblum to Betty White, no celeb is safe from the bored minds of internet pranksters.
Ricky Martin arrives at the 16th annual Latin Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP)
Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin gestures while performing in New Delhi, India Sunday, Dec. 6, 1998. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Ricky Martin holds his Grammy for best Latin pop performance backstage at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999. Martin won for "Vuelve." (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Latin pop idol Ricky Martin performs to a an estimated crowd of 70,000 at the Wild, Wild Wango Tango concert at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Saturday, June 12, 1999. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Puerto Rico's pop star Ricky Martin performs during the Festival di San Remo Italian songs contest in Sanremo, Italy, Saturday, March 3, 2001. Ricky Martin was one of the guests featured in the show. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Latin pop singer Ricky Martin accepts the "National Council of La Raza's Vanguard Award" at the 2002 ALMA Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2002. The annual awards show celebrates Latino honors in film, television and music. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Singer Ricky Martin performs during a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, June 28, 2003. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
Singer Ricky Martin, a presenter at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, arrives Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
**FILE** U.S. singer Ricky Martin performs during his concert at the Apollo Theatre in Hammersmith, London in this Saturday, April 22, 2006 file photo. Martin will be honored as the Latin Recording Academy's person of the year for his accomplishments as an entertainer and humanitarian, the academy said Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/ Max Nash, FILE)
Singer Ricky Martin laughs during a program to announce the alliance between the Inter-American Development Bank, The Ricky Martin Foundation and the International Organization for Migration to promote the use of hotlines to rescue victims of human trafficking throughout Latin America, Monday, Sept. 25, 2006 in Washington. Llama Y Vive (call and live) is the name of the campaign against human trafficking.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin performs during the International Song Festival in Vina del Mar, Chile, Monday, Feb, 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Santiago Llanquin)
Singer Ricky Martin attends the 'Armani 5th Avenue' store opening party, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Ricky Martin arrives at the 61st Annual Tony Awards in New York, Sunday, June 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Ricky Martin accepts the âVito Russoâ award at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Saturday, March 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Pop star Ricky Martin, from Puerto Rico, poses for pictures during a press conference at the presidential palace after meeting Uruguay's President Jose Mujica in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. Martin is in Uruguay as part of his "Music, Soul and Sex'" international tour. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
INGLEWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Ricky Martin performs on stage during iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina Music Festival at The Forum on November 22, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20: Recording artist Ricky Martin (2nd L) performs with dancers during the 15th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20: Jackson Thomas poses alongside Ricky Martin during a media call with the final five contenstants and their coaches from The Voice at Fox Studios on July 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Ricky Martin greets fans during a media call with Ricky Martin at Westfield Hurstville on July 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Voice finalist Jackson Thomas (L) poses with Ricky Martin at a Grand Finale event held at Eureka Tower on July 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 09: Ricky Martin attends 'El Hormiguero' Tv show at Vertice Studio on June 9, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images)
Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin performs on stage during the opening ceremony of the Life Ball in front of City Hall in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 31, 2014. The Life Ball is a charity gala to raise money for people living with HIV and AIDS. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Ricky Martin smiles at a Grand Finale event held at Eureka Tower on July 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Ricky Martin performs at iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina Music Festival - Show at The Forum on November 22, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Recording artist Ricky Martin attends the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina festival presented by Sprint at The Forum on November 22, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20: Singer Ricky Martin arrives at the 15th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)