Is Ted Nugent Dead?

A Twitter trend #RIPTedNugent appeared last night, but the reality is a little less grim than it sounds. Find out the amusing ending to this tale here.

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You might have seen tributes to angry rocker Ted Nugent yesterday.

Fortunately, he's still alive and kicking - just - but many were fooled by a Twitter game yesterday which saw tributes pour in on the hashtag #RIPTedNugent.

While it might look like a mean-spirited prank, the search results for the hashtag became an amusing stream of bizarre ways Ted Nugent came to his fictional end.

Here's some of our favorites - join in yourself in the comments if you're feeling creative:

#RIPTedNugent Electrocuted while putting together the powerpoint for his TED Talk, "The 2013 Cyber Rebirth of Wang Dang Sweet Poontang."

Jake Fogelnest (@jakefogelnest) January 11, 2013

#RIPTedNugent, electrocuted trying to climb into the panda habitat at the San Diego Zoo with a crossbow.

David Roth (@david_j_roth) January 11, 2013

#RIPTedNugent put a fake birth cert in a bear trap to catch Obama but forgot about it and lunged at it, mistaking it for a draft deferment

woodmuffin (@woodmuffin) January 11, 2013

#RIPTedNugent media blackout, still no statement from Prez O, truth of this hero's death cannot be suppressed! stakes are high and so am I

The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) January 11, 2013

#RIPTedNugent I got to meet him after a concert when I was 14, and he gave me a cowboy hat he'd made from the eyelid of a whale.

Matt Fisher (@fishermatt) January 11, 2013

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    I smell 4chan.
    Call me dumb... But what does that mean?
    Hello I'm Dave mustaine. And I believe it was all Obama who did to good ol' uncle Ted.
    Didn't Ted Nugent die in the late 70's? Oh, never mind, that was his relevance.
    While you've proven to have never shown any sign of relevance to anyone. You must be one of those Americans who like to keep voting Democrats and Republicans, defend them, and then complain once they're in control or left the big chair a couple of years ago. I imagine you thought Bush to be such a great guy a few years ago.
    $4,577 in 18 hours a week for 6 months? That's $10.59/hr. That'll net you a staggering $9,154 per year. Which Wendy's is this at?
    Embarrassing typo, UG. They said "fortunately, he's still alive" instead of "unfortunately, he's still alive."
    Even though I don't agree with his political views, I respect him very much as a musician. UG is about music, not politics.
    Well, if I'm judging him by his character, then his political views (and the way he inflicts them on the rest of us) are completely relevant. If I'm judging him by his musical skills, then I don't particularly like him either. Both of these are, of course, entirely subjective. When just generally judging what you think of a person and their personality, their skills are irrelevant. I don't measure how much I like Hitler by how good he is at darts. UG isn't necessarily purely about music. Surely a man's personality and character are relevant when discussing how we'd react over his death?
    Damn you Americans sure are dumb. No wonder you keep voting for the right people to destroy your country. Keep it up.
    Before I even got to the comments section I knew someone would have written that... predictable and unamusing as it is, I guess someone had to - prepare to soak up those downvotes!
    There are certain people that the world would be better without and he is one of them. His music is awful, he is a crazy person that sadly has influence on people, and he is the most unpleasant person I have ever met. He brings nothing positive to the table. I'll take your downvotes here too.
    Well, to wish someone's death is about as ****ed up as his opinions on politics.
    I see his point though. I don't personally wish he would die, but if someone who provides nothing but negativity to the world dies I honestly wouldn't shed a tear. So I don't WISH he would die but I wouldn't give two shits if the article revealed he had.
    Or less messed up than tricking small children into cutting themselves. At least this didn't actually hurt anybody, still despite my distaste for the man, it's still messed up, but decidedly less so than the aforementioned Beiber incident.
    I love how everyone complains about his views. Obviously America is doing so well, lol. American Dream? More like American wasteland.
    If you think his music is awful, don't listen! If people are actually influenced by him, don't listen to them! If you think he's unpleasant, don't listen to him! Do you understand the words I'm typing? DON'T LISTEN!!!!!
    No offense, but are you capable of reading? The guy was speaking about Nugent's political rambling as much as his music. He's an absolute political nutcase - and his music isn't any better. I agree with the guy above - Nugent hasn't done anything that I would wish him any harm for, but I wouldn't cry at his funeral.
    Although I don't really dig his music, there are people who do. So stop acting like a twat, man.
    Sure - fair enough, each to their own. I wasn't really speaking about his music though, but his political rambling. He's kind of the classic rock Dave Mustaine - and I really wish he'd stop being that. IMO, his music is shite, but that's irrelevant. I just find the pseudo-political bile he churns out to be incredibly ignorant, arrogant and annoying.
    Here's a solution play your ****in Kenny G CD Leave him the **** alone Quit your whinny bitchin If you don't like his music, don't ****in listen Sorry, I couldn't pass up the chance to quote Muck Sticky...
    Relax people, its just a joke. Maybe not hilarious, but amusing. I like Ted. He makes good points about the gun control debate. Im sure some very liberal democrat will tell me how wrong I am, that I must be ok with children being shot, ect. but quite frankly when weighing pros and cons of gun control what he says makes sense. Now,I'm not saying he doesnt need a little more finesse when he speaks. He doesn't present well, but what he says is (mostly, more outragious claims excluded) true. Not exactly tactful, but definately not wrong.
    As a leftist, I do believe there are times we need guns, but the rest of his views are pretty selfish and wrongheaded. His love of assault weapons is disturbing though.
    Well I had a nice, professional explanation typed out and lost connection, so heres the short version. The short version is that even I dont agree with some of his statements, but I appreciate his efforts with the blanket issue of gun control. I understand assault weapons. Hunting and target shooting is a fun, constructive sport. Assault weapons are very well designed, reliable, and a thrill to shoot. And most of them provide harmless entertainment to good people. To the gun world, they are what a Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 or an original Marshall Plexi is to the guitar world. I hope that explains things from a 'gun guy' perspective a bit.
    Making my hobby more expensive and difficult isn't going to help anybody. They can ban away... it worked so well for alcohol in the 20's. And it's a good thing meth is banned, otherwise people might obtain it and use it. We have a myriad of social problems here, and lawful gun ownership is NOT one of them.
    Im not defending all of his views, some are indeed rediculous. I just appreciate his defense of the blanket issue of gun control. I dont think non-gun people quite understand assault weapons. Most "assault weapons" out there are simply hunting rifles derived from military weapons because of their efficiancy, reliability, and adaptability. Even those that arent used for hunting are just simply fun to target shoot with. As somebody that's been at the range when he's gotten assault rifles and even fully automatic weapons in his hands, I can safely say it's very easy to see why people want to keep them. It's a thrilling experiance. Assault weapons can be a lifetime of sporting entertainment. It's an activity that can be and almost always is very positive and harmless. 99.9% of their users would only shoot someone in a case of self defense.
    Talking about "military-style" this and "assault" that... these are media buzzwords that describe dangerous-looking guns. Nobody would say that a Remington 740 is a dangerous military-style assault rifle because it doesn't LOOK dangerous. But none of this debate is about actually improving public safety. I'm sure those 69 people Anders Breivik shot in Norway are consoled by the fact that the gun they were killed with was illegal.
    "99.9% of their users would only shoot someone in a case of self defense." Thank God there's still an American who isn't bloody braindead.
    I for one, happen to agree with you.
    Well, considering I'm one of the "problem redneck" people (a bitter gun-owner clinging to my religion and pickup truck), I definately support someone who is going against the popular thing and and putting this much effort into fighting for what beliefs. Maybe he needs a more polished approach, but he's got my respect for trying.
    I love a good Nugent joke (and a good Nugent song) as much as the next guy, but this even that funny. Not that it's offensive or in bad taste; it's just stupid.
    For all you ppl that are disappointed and are for gun control... I think you should be shipped to bum f***** china
    Just when i was getting my hopes up. F**k Ted Nugent. The last thing the world needs is another in-bred redneck.
    Yes, because obviously America is "the world". No wonder America keeps invading other countries. It all belongs to America, right? Seriously though, I'd hate to be living in the same country as you too. Makes you think if life really is worth it when there's brainless morons like you running around, and apparently some of your kind actually reach presidency.
    The amount of bias in reports like these has always amazed me. It's like they're not even trying to hide it.
    Reminds me of American presidents. They keep screwing Americans, yet the majority keeps voting them in. Makes you wonder how rare are human brains nowadays.
    I bartended his show in Pittsburgh a year and a half ago. Easily my least favorite show of the summer. Ted does nothing on stage but drop the F-bomb (constantly), talk about how much he loves weapons, and scream about politics. I realize this isn't necessarily something Ted can prevent, but the fans were some of the rudest people I've ever met. Actually got called a faggot by a central-PA man because I shave my face.
    If this is a joke, it is absolutely tasteless. Despite the Ted's controversial statements and views, he's just a man ...
    I agree - totally tasteness. It's not nice to get people's hopes up like that. Hopefully, the next time his death is reported, it will be for real.
    Why in the world do you get thumbed down for disapproving of this?
    Lack of humour. I bet Nugent thought it was funny.
    This is the same crowd that thought getting a bunch of kids to harm themselves was hilarious because they were fans of Bieber. What did you really expect? It's a bunch of immature idiots who like to claim they have intellect and yet never seem to show it.
    That's different because in that instance people were actually harming themselves. This is merely a joke. No one said they wanted Ted Nugent dead, they're just joking about the circumstances that would lead to it. Lighten the **** up.
    Actually several people here have said they were hoping it was true. And no, I'm lightened up enough thanks. There is a difference between dark humour and spreading death rumours. Mainly in one actually being funny and the other being not funny and that isn't just because it's tasteless.
    You know...durring the election The Nuge said if Obama won re-elction he was gonna off himself or someting.....
    I would too. It kinda gets stressful when millions of Americans stand up for these great politicians, and then complain after they've done all the harm. I bet Obama could scream: "I hate you all, I'm going to slowly take your rights, just as the majority of my fellow "companions" in the past have done", and then people just start bursting in joy and keep him in the chair for longer.
    Darn I was excited for a second. Still, he's an overrated hack that can't really play the guitar.
    Nah bro, 4chan messes up with stars that don't deserve their fame, this man deserves it, and alot.
    More deaths threats against American pro-gun advocates from the British. First Alex Jones is followed and threatened after being on Piers "Redcoat" Morgan's show and now this. Go to hell UG for reposting this twitter ugliness. Why don't you hire Piers Morgan to review Muse albums for the rest of his life?
    Shut the **** up about Ted Nugent, what a bunch of pushy mother****ers that want to take away my 2nd Amendment rights. Ain't going to ****ing happen, you can push and shove, but someone is going to end up dead.
    #RIPtednugent its a shame he had to try and snort that blow off that big black strippers tummy...too bad it wasnt a big black was a ****ing bear...RIP
    Ted wasn't so political way back when. I saw him with the Scorpions in '83. It was wild! I saw him more recently, and he was all politics. I still love Stormtroopin' and Just What the Doctor Ordered.
    Alright, UG. You're no worse than the people who started the rumor in the first place. Posting an article entitled "Is Ted Nugent dead?" to get us to read it, thinking that maybe he is, in fact, dead. Then again, if you have to ask, I suppose it'd be stupid to assume otherwise. Still.
    #RIP[celebrity name] happens all the time on twitter. Did an intern write this article?
    I thought Ted Nugent died after season 2 of Surviving Nugent, when Ted realized not even he could survive himself.
    "Is Ted Nugent Dead?" makes it seem like he went into the forest hunting and didn't come back and people think he might be dead. It doesn't sound like this hilarious thing that actually happened. Stop doing that, UG.
    This is funny as hell. And I doubt this was a malicious organized maneuver, just a stupid joke that picked up its own steam. The imagined ways in which Terrible Ted met his end made this better than just about any other death hoax I've seen.