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It's funny. But it's not.

National treasure Betty White has not died!

But she does dye her hair.

Here's what happened:

On Wednesday night Betty White started trending on Twitter, prompting lots of worry and "RIP" tweets.

It seemed to stem from this headline: "Actress Betty White, 92, dyes peacefully in her Los Angeles home," published on the satirical website Empire News.

The story was a tongue-in-cheek piece about White not being a natural blond. It was written in a very serious tone.

"Betty is a solitary kind of person. She likes to relax in her home with her animals, and she rarely likes to discuss the fact, at least in public, that she is actually a brunette. She has been dyeing her own hair in her home for decades. …"

Fans, however, maybe didn't read that crucial "dyes" word carefully. And didn't read the story.

R.I.P. beloved Betty
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Drag-Diva Laura Lee (@Gluehstaebchen) September 04, 2014

Her agent assuresThe Los Angeles Times that she's alive and well and on the set of Hot in Cleveland.

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