Did CNN actually tweet the fake news of Morgan Freeman’s death?

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At some point on Thursday night, Twitter exploded with the news that Morgan Freeman had died, apparently getting the unfortunate information from a CNN tweet, which read, "@CNN: Breaking News: actor Morgan Freeman has passed away in his Burbank home." Except, you know, Morgan Freeman is definitely alive! That's great news, obviously, but now the question remains: did CNN actually tweet such a major gaffe, or was it some sort of hoax?

People aren't exactly sure — and there are still users who believe the story, as you can see if you search the actor's name on Twitter. One entity that is trying to seem really sure, though, is CNN, which said of the mix-up:

CNN tweeted the following statement Thursday evening in response to the rumors: "CNN did not report Morgan Freeman death. Rumor is false. CNN will aggressively investigate this hoax."

The original tweet has either been deleted by CNN or never existed in the first place, so perhaps we'll never know. But I don't think I've ever seen a user with a large following get away with removing sensational tweets without at least one screen capture. So for now, I'll buy what CNN is selling.