Richard Haughton | Handout
February 24, 2006
Probably one of the most famous celebrity death hoaxes of all time is that the Beatles' Paul McCartney died in a car accident in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike. The story originated in the Drake University paper in September 1969 and spread around the world quickly.
Conspiracy theorists have pointed to the many clues proving McCartney's death, including lyrical hints in "A Day in the Life", the "Abbey Road" record cover and audible smoking guns--some actually believe they hear the words "Turn me on, dead man" when playing "Revolution Nine" backward.