DES MOINES, IA Wednesday Sep.22.2004 / -- Rumors were flying last week that Slipknot lead singer Corey Taylor had died. But on Friday, the very much alive Taylor declared at his Iowa home, "I am not dead."

According to the Des Moines Register, the trouble began Tuesday when a Chicago shock jock was talking about Taylor's supposed death. Internet and radio rumors began spreading and, on Friday, a prank web site announced the Slipknot singer was dead. Taylor's wife Scarlett received many calls from friends and fans, and his manager also called to ask if the rumor was true. She told them Taylor was fine.

Taylor soon let everyone know he was in the land of the living. On Friday night, family and friends had gathered at Taylor's home to celebrate his son's second birthday. When concerned neighbors didn't see the usual crowd at the house, they assumed the worst, prompting Taylor to shout from his patio, "I am not dead!"

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