Marilyn Manson's Swine Flu A Hoax?

By Cara Alwill

The dreaded swine flu remains an affliction that shouldn't be taken lightly. That's why when Marilyn Manson announced on both is Facebook and MySpace pages that he had been diagnosed with the illness, everybody took it seriously (although the singer seemed to be in pretty good spirits about the whole thing, joking that he "didn't f--- a pig" to catch it). Although he might have contracted a potentially fatal sickness, he teased in his posts, "So I have officially been diagnosed, by a real doctor, with the swine flu. Unfortunately, I am going to survive."

But on Friday, the Gillett Entertainment Group and Live Nation sent out a release denying that Manson had contracted the illness and confirming that he would play his two remaining Canadian tour dates. After his stops in Canada, Manson has a string of performances lined up through December, where he'll take the stage in Australia, Russia, Germany and various other European countries.

Manson is hardly the first musician taken down by this particular infection disease. Melissa Auf Der Maur came down with swine flu over the summer, as did the members of Kasabian and Swedish singer Jens Lekman.

Could Manson just be pulling everyone's leg — or tail — in this case? He continued in his post, "The doctor said, my past choices in women have in no way contributed to me acquiring this mysterious sickness." It's possible that Manson is truly ill, and we will probably never know either way (though both of the posts that Manson put up have since been deleted from both Facebook and MySpace). But he has certainly done what he does best: Freak us out.