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Hollywood Unlocked Stands Behind Debunked Story Claiming Queen Elizabeth II is Dead

Queen Elizabeth II

With the world seemingly on the verge of World War III and the ongoing pandemic, one hip-hop-centric news source with millions of followers and credibility for breaking stories found a way to stand out from the crowd.

Unfortunately for Hollywood Unlocked, the scoop it posted has been debunked and denied by multiple media sources and Britain's Royal Family.

The pop culture blog with 2.8 million Instagram followers published a post to its Instagram page that claimed "sources close to the Royal Kingdom" had exclusively told the blog that the Queen had died Tuesday.

The story alleged the 95-year-old, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 Sunday, had been found dead shortly before she was expected at British Vogue editor Edward Enninful's wedding.

The reaction to the story was swift and brutal from traditional media. Print publications, broadcast and electronic media across the world called out the story as a hoax. That, however, didn't stop site founder and former "Love & Hip Hop" cast member, Jason Lee, from standing behind his scoop.

“We don’t post lies and I always stand by my sources. Waiting for an official statement from the palace,” the 44-year-old Lee wrote on Twitter on Tuedsay. On his personal Instagram account, he added, "I've never been wrong," in a shared note that also indicated he would be hanging with Kanye West later that day.

Unfortunately for Lee, his claims are looking even more unfounded. US Weekly reported that the sovereign attended her weekly conversation with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday. The site said the palace confirmed the news to royal reporter Omid Scobie. 

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