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No, CeeLo Green was NOT injured after his phone exploded in his face

A video of the ‘incident’ went viral over the weekend – but it was a stunt to promote his new music.

CELEBRITY DEATH hoaxes are ten a penny these days, but sometimes one comes along and really captures the public’s imagination.

2016 Angel Ball Benefit - New York Source: Evan Agostini/PA Wire

The latest? Singer CeeLo Green of Gnarls Barkley fame, who was the subject of a particularly bizarre hoax over the weekend involving an exploding mobile phone..

In a CCTV-style video posted on another rapper’s Instagram, Green can be seen chatting on his phone, which seemingly ‘explodes’ in his face and knocks him to the ground.

ceelo Source: Twitter

The clip went viral with several sites reporting that Green had been injured in the explosion – some Twitter users encouraged others to pray for the singer.

As it turns out, Green is grand – and the whole thing was a stunt to promote his new music.

The singer confirmed via Facebook Live that he was “alive, well, and OK”, and revealed that the video was a snippet from a new project he’s working on, though he hadn’t planned to release it just yet:

I’m really upset that anybody had to be emotionally disturbed by what they saw today… It’s supposed to, you know, set up and introduce the new character identity. I’m still going to release the music though.


Green did not say if he knew how the footage was leaked – the rapper who posted it to Instagram, Philly Chase, told Buzzfeed that he received it via an anonymous text message on Saturday morning.

Curiouser and curiouser.

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