Dead Queen rumour sparked by mix-up over Queens of the Stone Age singers death

A simple misunderstanding may be behind the wild rumour that Her Majesty the Queen had died yesterday.

The story first emerged on US showbiz gossip site Hollywood Unlocked.

The site’s editor, Jason Lee, maintains that he had heard the – completely fake – news of Her Majesty’s death from someone who was invited to British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful’s £600,000 wedding to Alec Maxwell.

He claimed that a guest close to the Queen, although not actually a member of the Royal Family, received a phone call, “reacted emotionally to a few people, and those few people were informed that that's what happened.”

But the Queen is very much alive. In fact despite suffering from Covid she met with Prime Minister Boris Johnson a day after her supposed "death".

However former Queens of the Stone Age singer Mark Lanegan did die on Tuesday at the tragically young age of 57.

It’s been speculated that the Hollywood Unlocked story may have been a simple misreporting of the musician's death.

It hasn’t been confirmed that Lanegan – known for his work with Screaming Trees as well as Queens of the Stone Age – had been invited to the wedding in Longleat, but his presence would have been more in keeping than the Queen’s on a guest list that included Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Karen Elson.

However, Lee stands by his original story: “I would never post something like this if the person that told me, I did not trust,” he told Buzzfeed news earlier today.

“People are asking why we posted without allowing the royal family or the Palace to release a statement. Why? Because we break stories. And I’ve broken many stories that have been factual. We have never been wrong,” he insisted.

Lee angrily defended Hollywood Unlocked’s reputation in the face of criticism the the story was untrue: "It was literally breaking a story," he said.

Our intentions are to be factual, to be first when reporting facts, and to trust our sources. And in this case, that’s what we did,” Lee added.

“We don’t do clickbait stories. We don’t create gossip.”

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