AMERICAN WEDDING star Alyson Hannigan was shocked when her agent rang her to enquire whether or not she had died.

The flame-haired Buffy The Vampire Slayer actress says the bizarre rumour escalated out of control to the point that her friends were grieving for her, when all the time she was out shopping.

She explains, "I heard that I was dead once. That was a rumour on the internet, then it got to a news radio station and they called my agent. Nobody could get in touch with me because my pager had died, ironically, and I was out by myself shopping.

"The news station was like, 'Well, we're just going to run with this story even if we can't verify that it's true.' That's great!."

Amused Alyson continues, "It freaked a lot of my friends out. People went over to my house and saw my dogs and were breaking down going, 'Who's going to take care of the dogs?' It was very sad. For them. I was fine, I was at the bookstore."

31/07/2003 17:18