Top 10: Best celebrity hoaxes debunked [SLIDESHOW]

Did Richard Gere really stick a gerbil up his butt because it felt nice? Did Kanye West really die at the hands of Taylor Swift? Did Little Mikey of the Life cereal commercials die from mixing Pop Rocks and coke?

In honor of April Fools’ Day, check out the 10 best celebrity hoaxes.

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  • The rumor: Mikey of the old Life cereal commercials died after eating a combination of Pop Rocks and Pepsi. Not only is this combination unable to kill you, Mikey (Richard Gilchrist) is still alive to this day.
  • The rumor: Wacky singer Billy Idol played young Eddy Munster on "The Munsters." The actual Eddy Munster was played by Butch Patrick, who vanished from the limelight after the show ended.
  • The rumor: Beaver Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) died in combat during the Vietnam War. After "Leave it to Beaver" ended in 1963, Mathers did join the Air Force Reserve, but did not ever go overseas nor die during the war. He is still alive and kickin'.
  • The rumor: Back in the 90's, it was reported that actor Richard Gere was admitted to the hospital for emergency surgery after doctors found a gerbil stuck up his rear end that he used for sexual pleasure. This, of course, never happened. Nevertheless, the rumor persisted for years.
  • The rumor: Kurt Vonnegut gave the famous "Wear Sunscreen" commencement address at MIT. However, it was really Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich who wrote the column, but the speech was long attributed to Vonnegut.
  • The rumor: After Paris Hilton went to jail for driving under the influence, rumors circulated that the no-talent heiress was stabbed in prison by a "disgruntled" inmate. This was not the case.
  • The rumor: Lady Gaga had one of her legs amputated in 2010 in order to be even more different and weird than she already is. Again, this totally seems like something she would do.
  • The rumor: Fleetwood Mac lead singer Stevie Nicks was so immune to the effects of snorting cocaine that she had to ingest it through her rectum. This is neither true nor possible.
  • The rumor: Weirdo and super creep Marilyn Manson removed his own ribs so that he could -- um -- receive oral sex from himself. This seemed true at the time, because it seemed like something he would totally do.
  • The rumor: Kanye West died at the hands of Taylor Swift after he interrupted her acceptance speech during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Alas, Kanye is still alive, still a jackass and is about to procreate.

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