This theory stretches back quite a ways, and has gathered more than its fair share of threads over the years, but the baseline version is that there's a group of people who think that Avril Lavigne died in the early 2000s, and that someone named Melissa Vandella replaced her.
Two years ago, a freakish theory began circulating that Complicated singer Avril killed herself in April 2003 following the death of her grandfather.
From Avril Lavigne to Melissa Vandella real quick.
The Avril Lavigne death conspiracy is the talk of the Internet again. The differences between her first album - which included hits like "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi" - stand in stark contrast to the music she created thereafter, including everything from 2007's "Girlfriend" to 2014's "Hello Kitty".
Avril Lavigne's death theory is once again making the rounds online, thanks to another Twitter user. The only thing we know for sure about Melissa Vandella is that she is an actress who is commonly mistaken to be Avril Lavigne's clone. Then, just before the release of her second album, Lavigne's grandfather passed away, leaving her distraught and heartbroken.
According to the Sun, a blogger said: "Launched in 2004, it is completely different to the first CD!" Back in 2012, it was reported that Avril Lavigne died in a snowboarding accident while vacationing at Whistler Blackcomb ski resort with family and friends, when at one point she "lost control of her snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed". She most recently posted a selfie with her mother on Mother's Day. Another example is when Avril tweeted to promote a healthy snack, to which a jokester replied with "Avril Lavigne would never promote a slim secret bar". Ms. Lavigne has an active presence in social media and her latest tweet on May 14 is one made in the framework of the Mother's Day celebration. "The jig is up Melissa".
Avril herself has yet to comment on the conspiracy theory. But of course Avril is very much alive.
"The internet has been the ideal medium for the distribution of false information: very quickly a stupid - but often highly entertaining - story can be effortlessly distributed far and wide".