The musician became the latest star subject to death rumors on Twitter, leading to the claims appearing on the news station's social network.
"At 4:32 AM EST, it was reported that Gotye had shot himself in the head with a 9mm handgun," CNN iReport claimed, according to Sky News.
"He was pronounced dead at 4.45AM, and the investigation concluded that the cause of death was suicide."
A CNN spokesperson clarified that the erroneous story had not been approved by the network itself and was removed by moderators within minutes.
"On iReport, we invite people around the world to post stories, photos and videos that they think deserve attention from a wider news audience," CNN said in a statement. "Everything that's posted receives a very visible 'Not Vetted for CNN' banner.
"The vetting process involves fact-checking and verifying the details of a story. When a story is approved, the 'Not Vetted for CNN' bar disappears and is replaced by a red 'CNN iReport' bug that lets the community know a story has been verified. In this case, the moderators pulled the story down within minutes of its posting."
Referring to singer Pink's 2006 album, Gotye joked on Twitter: "I'm not dead. #Pinkalbumtitles"
Gotye's bandmate Tim Shiel added: "it saddens me to confirm the news of @gotye's passing- he suffered cardiac arrest while flying a unicorn over a double rainbow.
"Ghost of @gotye just appeared and together we banged out a script for the pilot episode of quirky new sitcom GHOSTYE."
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