Myth: The former Velvet Underground singer has been replaced by a doppelganger for the last decade.
False. On May 7, 2001, a host of US radio stations read out a purported Reuters news report that Lou Reed had died of an overdose at his apartment in New York. The bulletins even carried tribute "quotes" from David Bowie. It was a hoax, and the shamed networks broadcast an apology, but a few deluded conspiracy theorists still cling to the story that Lou is a goner.