There’s a rather odd conspiracy theory going around claiming that Avril Lavigne died in 2003 and was replaced with a doppelgänger. Yes, really!
The theory itself emanated from a Brazilian Avril Lavigne fan page and has recently resurfaced and been widely circulated online. Let’s just say the evidence is highly questionable.
According to the theory, the real Avril Lavigne died around the time of the release of her first album, Let Go, as a consequence of slipping into a depression over her grandfather’s death and struggling with the demands of fame.
Supposedly, the whole thing was covered up and an imposter named Melissa Vandella was brought in to replace her.
There’s even a whole blog page set up entitled ‘Avril is Dead’ which looks at the supposed evidence.
Evidence that mainly consists of photos of the singer from 2003 compared against more recent ones, highlighting things like dimples disappearing on her face.
Nothing that definitely couldn’t happen within the standard ageing process obviously.
You may be aware of a similar conspiracy theory surrounding Paul McCartney who apparently died years ago at the height of the Beatles’ fame and was replaced by a lookalike.
Seems like some people just have a vivid imagination and a bit too much time on their hands.
Loaded digital reporter Oli Palmer has been writing about film/TV since 2013. Follow Oli on Twitter at @olipalmer