Avril Lavigne dead: Conspiracy theory claims singer was replaced by lookalike Melissa

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

On the 15th anniversary of "Complicated", the song that gave the Canadian singer her 15 minutes of fame, one Twitter user has reignited the theory that, actually, Avril Lavigne is dead and has been replaced by a lookalike. The theory continues that after our favourite sk8er grrl tragically passed away in 2003 (RIP), her PR company brought her in as a full-time replacement to live out her life as Imposter Avril.

A Twitter user who claims to be a 17-year old high school student and has over 13,000 followers detailed the claim in a thread which has since been liked and retweeted almost a quarter-of-a-million times in total, alleging that the singer took her own life in late 2003 after her grandfather's death.

According to these conspiracy theorists, Vandella is an actress that Lavigne's team hired in 2002 due to her strong resemblance to the singer. That is, if one of the Internet's most elaborate conspiracy theories from 2015 is to be believed.

But Lavigne is not the first celebrity to be subject to a (completely unverified) cloning conspiracy theory, as the following examples show.

Some also believe the lyrics in Avril's second album, Under My Skin, are a cry for help from the "fake" singer.

She is now working on a new album. Avril Lavigne is active on Twitter and the internet crowd helped themselves with this opportunity. Some of the top responses to her tweet were: "Happy Mother's Day, Melissa" and "Melissa, it's okay". Another example is when Avril tweeted to promote a healthy snack, to which a jokester replied with "Avril Lavigne would never promote a slim secret bar".

It is here that the story breaks with reality-or at least the conventional reality that the mainstream media has been spoon-feeding us sheeple for a decade and a half-by positing that Lavigne succeeded in one of these attempts, hanging herself in 2003. "The jig is up Melissa". In fact, the matter got so out of hand that Avril Lavigne herself had to address the matter in an interview.

Now of course the fan site have back tracked on their claims, writing that the blog "was a way of showing how conspiracy theories may seem true".