AceShowbiz - Mark McGrath set the record straight on the rumor suggesting he's dead. "Final word on the death hoax thing, I knew nothing about it and found out the same time you did...sorry about any confusion," the Sugar Ray singer, 46, addresses the false story on Twitter.
The rumor was started by a creative consultancy company called Prismatics which sent out press release, "Musician Mark McGrath has died at the age of 46. McGrath was on set filming the second season of entertainment show Hot Package, when he was confronted by a masked gunman and shot several times."
"The former Sugar Ray frontman died in the arms of his co-host Derrick Beckles on the Hollywood set of the show. In honor of Mr. McGrath's legacy, his team is asking in liu [sic] of flowers, fans post a Sugar Ray Selfie, holding a packet of sugar over their heart. #RIPMARKMCGRATH."
As the story started making its round on the internet, a new statement followed, "Tomorrow night on the Season 2 Premiere of Hot Package, Mark McGrath is killed by a masked gunman and dies in the arms of his co-host Derrick Beckles. It's important to note that Mark McGrath is alive and well in real life. The Season 2 premiere of Hot Package airs tomorrow at 12:30 AM on Adult Swim. #RIPMARKMCGRATH."
Since "Hot Package" was mentioned in both statements, many speculated it was a publicity stunt to draw attention to the Adult Swim show. The channel, however, denies any involvement in the death hoax, "This press release did not come from Adult Swim and is not part of any network PR or marketing campaign for the show Hot Package."